International: Death by Emancipation

The much mistreated and oft-massacred Indians of Brazil are an endangered human species. Almost their only guarantee of survival is the lands reserved for them by law, largely in the Amazon region, where many of these primitive tribesmen pursue a Stone Age way of life. Under the guise of "emancipating" the Indians, the Brazilian government has begun to remove their historic tribal lands from federal protection; last week a decree was sent to President Ernesto Geisel that ends official protection and gives the Indians title to their land. The rationale was that it would put the Indians on the same footing...

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