Response to the Brazilian Government-Minister Gilberto Carvalho

Response to the Brazilian Government-Minister Gilberto Carvalho

June 6, 2013

Minister, at a meeting held on June 4, 2013 in the Auditorium of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic with Your presence and 141 of the Munduruku, ethnic groups indigenous Xikrin, Macaws and Xipaya, where were present the political representatives of the Organization of the Munduruku Indians, being the following: General Munduruku people, Chief Adviser to the General Cacique, President and Vice-President of the Association Pussuru, Chief of warriors, shamans, leaders, women and children, warriors and other chiefs. Among those present were representatives of the ministries of health, education, representative of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA), the National Confederation of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), the President of Funai, the Vice-Chairman of the 6th House of MPF, Mr father Tom and the lawyers of the indigenous.

In response to its proposal to hold a meeting in the village Sai Cinza within 20 days to discuss the Government’s proposal on prior consultation of the São Luiz do Tapajós, we communicate our collective decision.

Our understanding is that we are masters of our destinies and want to respect what is written in the 1988 Federal Constitution, which guarantees the indigenous social organization, customs, languages, beliefs and traditions, the original right on our lands and the right not to be removed from our territories, and other laws that protect us.

So we ask: a Brazilian Government official declaring whether or not respected our final decision, binding and autonomous way, about the proposed consultation process.


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