Praise the Protection of Vulnerable Indigenous Tribe

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Target: Dilma Rousseff, former President of Brazil

Goal: Praise Brazil’s decision to protect the territory of an isolated tribe threatened by loggers.

The Brazilian government has approved the creation of a protected forest reserve in order to save the highly vulnerable Kawahiva tribe from the intrusion of loggers. This indigenous tribe of hunter-gatherers has been suffering due to violent interactions with logging crews and other outsiders, and as a result its numbers have dwindled to between 25 and 50 members. The Kawahiva tribe lives in isolation, upholding a distance from mainstream society through zero contact, so any outside intrusion can be harmful. The creation of the Kawahiva do Rio Pardo Indigenous Territory will mean that this vulnerable tribe can finally stop living on the run and fighting to survive.

The executive order was signed by former president Dilma Rousseff and her justice minister, Eugênio Aragãoa, just before Rousseff’s impeachment. Rousseff spent her last days in office responding to land claims by indigenous groups and establishing indigenous territories. Brazil is home to the largest number of isolated indigenous groups in the world, so it is essential that these tribes receive the recognition and protection they deserve. Now, thanks to the government’s initiative, 1,590 square miles of land will be protected in order to preserve the Kawahiva tribe.

The group inhabits a region that is known for being one of the most violent in Brazil, where illegal logging and land theft are common occurrences, so the decision to create a protected reserve is a huge step forward for tribal rights. Sign the petition below to praise the Brazilian government for taking action to protect this threatened tribe and encourage a continued effort to fight for indigenous rights.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Rousseff,

Thanks to your decision to approve the creation of a protected forest reserve in Mato Grosso, the highly vulnerable Kawahiva tribe will be protected from the intrusion of illegal loggers and other outsiders. This isolated indigenous tribe has been living on the run for years, and its numbers have been steadily declining. Now, only 25 to 50 members remain.

Violent clashes with loggers who destroy the rainforest for timber have had a devastating impact on this tribe. The creation of the 1,590 square mile Kawahiva do Rio Pardo Indigenous Territory will give these hunter-gatherers a chance to survive. We, the undersigned, would like to thank you for taking action to protect this threatened tribe by creating a forest reserve. Please continue fighting for indigenous rights in Brazil and abroad.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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