Family Ministry Fires Head of Brazil’s Indigenous Affairs Agency

The leadership change at Funai is a big win for landowners. Bolsonaro is planning to assimilate Brazil’s 800,000 indigenous people and open reservation lands to commercial development.

By Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The head of Brazil’s indigenous affairs agency said on Tuesday that he was fired due to pressure from the agriculture ministry, which under President Jair Bolsonaro is seeking to open reservation lands to commercial agriculture and mining.

Franklimberg Ribeiro de Freitas, head of the National Indigenous Affairs agency Funai, was removed from the post by the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights, which oversees Funai, the ministry confirmed.

Funai is the governmental protection agency for Indian interests and their culture.
It was created in 1973 and officially placed Indians under its . . .

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