Monday, March 23, 2009

Amazon Reservation

Brazil's Supreme Court sided Thursday with Amazonian Indians in a land dispute. Some have called this land critical for determining the future of the rainforest that sprawls the size of Western Europe. One good thing, the court ruling upholds the Raposa Serra do Sol reservation for l8,000 Indians who lay claim to their ancestral land.

This, despite a handful of large-scale farmers who also occupy the territory in the northernmost reaches of Amazon jungle bordering Venezuela. This dispute over the 4.2 million acre reservation turned violent last year when authorities tried to evict the farmers.

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