Protect Indigenous Tribe and its Land from Logging Gangs

Target: Alexandre de Moraes, Brazil’s Minister of Justice

Goal: Protect the rainforest land of Brazil’s indigenous Kawahiva tribe from extinction at the hands of destructive logging gangs.

Brazil’s Kawahiva tribe, an indigenous group that makes its home in the nation’s rainforest, is dwindling due to harsh living conditions, violence, and a loss of living space at the hands of logging gangs. The Kawahiva people are entirely isolated and have no contact with any element of modern society. However, with only 25 to 50 members left, their unique way of life that has existed for centuries may come to an abrupt end.

Most harmful to the tribe, aside from harsh environmental conditions and disease, is the loss of land. Logging gangs are illegally venturing into what should be government-protected territory. The gangs strip the land of its dense forest in order to make a profit off the valuable lumber that can be found there. These invasions by the logging gangs have brought violent attacks on the indigenous people.

In the spring of 2016, the former Minister of Justice signed protections for the tribe. However, they have not been enforced to their strongest potential, putting the Kawahiva people at risk. Sign the petition to demand that the current Minister of Justice and others in Brazil’s government enact stronger, tougher regulations to protect Kawahiva tribe.


Dear Senhor Moraes,

The Kawahiva tribe, an isolated, indigenous group of only 25 to 50 members, is struggling to survive. Despite protections enacted by the former Minister of Justice, the group continued to lose its land to violent gangs of illegal loggers who prey on the Kawahiva’s rainforest home for valuable lumber.

The Kawahiva are the only group of isolated indigenous people left in Brazil. They have lived peacefully for centuries as the modern world threatens to consume them and the only way of life they know. Please enforce stricter regulations on logging in the Brazilian rainforest so that the Kawahiva people can be protected.

Thank you,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit:  Gleilson Miranda/Secretaria de Comunicação do Estado do Acre

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    some places have isolated tribes.

  2. Judith Mitchell says:

    This is genocide, pure and simple. Genocide is a crime against humanity. It must not happen; it must not be dismissed or minimized — it is immoral and it is against international law. Wake up, Brazil — stop institutionalizing genocide! It doesn’t matter that there are “only 25-50” members of this ancient culture left — that is not for you to judge. The Kawahiva have been an autonomous culture from way before your ancestors arrived there on the land you now call “Brazil.” Shame on you for ignoring this tragedy, in the name of your profit.

  3. Signed. Please sign.

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