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Bolsonaro Decree Further Neuters Brazil’s Indigenous Agency

During his campaign ahead of the 2018 election, then-congressional backbencher Jair Bolsonaro promised that, under his watch as president, there would not be a “single centimeter” of land demarcated for the country’s indigenous communities.

In his view, these ancestral territories should instead be used to create wealth, a belief that goes hand in hand with his calls to legalize wildcat gold mining and his government’s dismantling of environmental oversight frameworks.

In this regard, Brazil’s far-right president stuck to his word, with zero new indigenous land demarcations made since the beginning of his term.

And now, with Mr. Bolsonaro’s first term…

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