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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Close to four decades after environmental activist Chico Mendes founded the Alliance of Forest Peoples, a union between extrativists, riverside peoples, quilombolas (Afro-Brazilian settlements) and indigenous peoples to defend sustainable development in the Amazon, over 500 indigenous leaders gathered in the Piaraçu village, in the Capoto-Jarina Indigenous Land, in Mato Grosso, to revive common commitments.

Led by Cacique (Chief) Raoni and with the presence of Ângela Mendes, Chico's daughter and president of the NGO that bears her father's name, they intend to launch a manifesto in defense of the forest peoples . . .

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