The Indians are going to need more than new reserves to live with dignity, say leaders

The Indians are going to need more than new reserves to live with dignity, say leaders


1/8/2013-4:51 pm

Alex Rodrigues Special Envoy

Dourados (MS)-identification and demarcation of new reserves are not sufficient to ensure that the Indians can live with dignity, producing their own food and preserving their habits and customs. The view is of indigenous leaders Ládio Veron and Bob Richard, both of Mato Grosso do Sul.

For Ládio Veron, son of guarani kaiowá Chief Marcos Veron, assassinated in January 2003, Juti (MS), the Union also has to give assistance, financial and technical support to indigenous communities for as long as necessary, until their land to recover the productivity and the Indians can keep on its own.

“The degree of devastation, we’ll receive a bare land [no forest] in which we will have to work hard to reforest. So too we must reforestation projects, projects for these areas to become sustainable. For this, the Indians need money, “said Veron to Agency Brazil and Brazil TV. According to Veron, the delay of the Union to demarcate indigenous lands has fueled the conflict with farmers, causing the death of several Indians.

“We are tired. Enough of the talking. The solution is the authorities classified our lands and oficializarem all documentation. The people have suffered greatly. We lost several leaders, including our Chief, my father, Marcos Veron, who was killed in front of me, while I was threatened to be burned alive, “added Veron.

Others make similar alert is the alderman of Caarapó (MS), Bob Richard, the village guarani kaiowá Te ‘ yikue. For him, the level of commitment of natural resources before existing in traditional indigenous territories called is so dramatic that, beyond Earth, the Indians need Government support to achieve, for example, to reforest most areas.

“It is not enough to demarcate. Need a project to strengthen our political autonomy and sustainability. We have always been farmers, craftsmen, but today we have nothing and, in these lands as are, there is no caçarmos or plant, “says Barbara, referring to most of the land that the Indians claim in Mato Grosso do Sul, today occupied by large soy plantations, sugar cane or cattle.

Ricardo believes the proposal in a study, that the farmers who bought the land legally in the State and that are properly regulated are fully indemnified-that is, receive not only for improvements, as does the Federal Constitution, but also by the naked Earth-is a way to try to resolve the conflict between Indians and farmers.

“Violence [in the State] is very large due to [the struggle for] [indigenous] land demarcation. We, indigenous peoples, we want our tekoha [the Holy Land], we do not want more suffer threats, see our malnourished children, who do not have access to adequate education. Meanwhile, the other side, producers also want a solution. From the moment that classified the lands, progress will be more for everyone, because both our people as the other side will be [legally] safe “concluded Ricardo.

Editing: Tereza Barbosa


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