The future of several uncontacted tribes will be decided in the next few months.
Their rainforest territories, deep in the Brazilian Amazon, are shielded by emergency “Land Protection Orders” which are about to expire.
The orders make it illegal for loggers, miners and other invaders to enter the tribes’ lands. Without this protection, the forests would be completely destroyed – and the tribes who look after them and depend on them to survive could be wiped out.
One of the territories is home to the uncontacted Piripkura – survivors of decades of land theft and brutal massacres at the hands of the invaders.
Now, anti-indigenous politicians and ranchers – boosted by President Bolsonaro’s genocidal attacks on Brazil’s indigenous peoples – are trying to extinguish the orders so they can steal these lands for beef production, logging, mining, and more. This could wipe out whole peoples.
“If they kill them, there will be nobody left”
Rita Piripkura, whose uncontacted relatives live in one of the territories shielded by Land Protection Orders
Please email the Brazilian government now and ask them to renew these Land Protection Orders, evict all invaders, fully protect these territories, and #StopBrazilsGenocide.
Then, push the Brazilian government on social media too! Search for #AssinaFUNAI and #UncontactedTribes.
- On September 16, 2021, FUNAI renewed the emergency Land Protection Order for the Piripkura Indigenous Territory. On December 9, 2021, FUNAI renewed the emergency Land Protection Order for the Pirititi Indigenous Territory. In February 2022, FUNAI renewed the emergency Land Protection Order for the Ituna Itatá Indigenous territory. All three were renewed for only 6 months, which is not enough time to remove all invaders nor to finalize the full demarcation of the territories.
- The emergency Land Protection Order for the Jacareúba/Katawixi Indigenous Territory has expired and needs urgent action from the government.