Victory for Amazon Indians
The Supreme Court in Brazil has recently upheld the creation of a 4.2-million acre Indian reservation on its northern border. Experts say that the reserve will likely strengthen indigenous land against encroaching farmers and big business while bolstering human rights for the Indian people of the country. Of course, the move is not without its critics: there are those who maintain that the area is too big for the 19,000 Indians granted the sole right to work the land. And as expected, mining, timber and agriculture businesses see it as an obstacle to economic growth -- but overall, this proves a big victory for preserving large swathes of the Amazon and protecting the life-giving "lungs of our planet."
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