Indigenous land should be enlarged in MT and producers will have to leave


9/26/2012 3:53 pm -updated 9/26/2012 04:05 pm

Indigenous land should be enlarged in MT and producers will have to leave

Funai has completed studies to increase indigenous area size in 5 times. Indians are demanding the exit of rural producers and they want to occupy the entire area.


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The National Indian Foundation (Funai) finished the studies for the extension of an indigenous area in Brasnorte, 580 km from Cuiabá. Many estates were within of the indigenous land, which worried farmers. Indigenous peoples demand the exit of rural producers and they want to occupy the entire area.

The region is one of the most valued in the State. The hectare is costing $ 15,000. Near the large farms are two Indian reservations. Before the Irantxe indigenous land had 45 thousand hectares, but now, according to Funai, the area set aside for Indians is 252 thousand hectares, corresponding to five times more. The Irantxe indigenous Manoki.

The Indians set up surveillance and guard to demand the departure of the farmers. “There are people within our area, extracting illegal timber,” said the leader of the Irantxe Bernardinho Indians. According to the cacique Manoel Irantxe, one of the farms located in the area of Manoki has no productivity. “We see that the Earth continues in the same way. The seat that is here has been brought together in our motto. We do not know how to do, “he complained.

The farm’s lawyer claimed that the property is productive since 1960 and has never been occupied by Indians. “This property is productive since 196, was opened, owned airstrip homologated and was never occupied by the Indians,” said attorney Rodrigo Deon. According to him, the document order Funai anthropologists that sometimes are linked to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that subsidized the expansion. “Funai decides the rules and judges it all,” said the lawyer.

Funai wants the stoppage of all activities produced by non-Indians. “It is completely prohibited the exploitation of any resource of indigenous land and cannot have any authorisation for activities that exist today, such as ranching, logging and monoculture”, Antônio Carlos Aquino, Funai’s regional coordinator of Juína.

Funai reported that the study was done in accordance with technical criteria and denied any involvement or influence of Ngos in the expansion of the area.


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