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In Brazil, indigenous groups clash with mining companies in 400 areas

In Brazil, indigenous groups clash with mining companies in 400 areas

The remote indigenous land Xikrin do Rio Cateté is located 1,000 kilometers from Belém, the capital city of the Amazonian state of Pará. Inhabited by 1,056 people of the Kayapó indigenous ethnic group, the reserve spreads over roughly 439,000 hectares in the cities of Água Azul do Norte, Marabá, and Parauapebas. Xikrin do Rio Cateté is also home to hidden and valuable mineral reserves—highly coveted both by big mining companies and illegal prospectors.

Brazilian mining giant Vale has a concession to extract copper, gold, and manganese in the region, which puts...

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