Brazil Natives say Illegal Miners Murdered Leader, Invaded Land

Prospectors use intimidation to try and scare natives off their mineral-rich land.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Native Brazilians accused a gang of gold prospectors and miners of invading their land and murdering a tribal leader in a remote part of Brazil's Amazon rainforest.

Brazil has a long history of illegal miners using violence to attempt to vacate mineral-rich areas that are legally protected and preserved for the country's native population.

According to members of the Waiãpi Tribe in Brazil's northern Amapá state, Emyra Waiãpi, the tribal leader of a small and remote village, was murdered last Monday. Due to the seclusion of the town, it took . . .

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