In Brazil, an indigenous woman joins Bolsonaro in fight for mining

Irisnaide Silva, 32, leads one of two main indigenous groups in the Amazonian state of Roraima. But the other group, and many other indigenous associations, see her as a traitor manipulated by rapacious intruders eager to grab lands and resources.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Reuters) Irisnaide Silva is female, Brazilian and indigenous. And for once, in her view, she is being heard.

For decades her family picked and panned the borderland near Venezuela, scouring the hills for diamonds and gold.

They kept digging even after Brazil in 2005 marked the land as indigenous territory, a measure that prohibited mining despite protests from her family and other wildcatters in her Macuxi tribe.

Now, Silva has the ear of none other than Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president.

A fervid nationalist abhorred by the global green movement for his eagerness to develop the . . .

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