Relations between indigenous groups and private corporations in Brazil have always been tense—with clashes being observed in over 400 areas across the country. More often than not, the original peoples end up on the losing side of disputes. This time, however, a Guarani tribe has decided to fight the system from within, becoming shareholders of Rumo Logística, the company interfering in their land.
Rumo is Brazil’s largest railway operator, managing 12,000 kilometers of railroads. Among them is a connection between the port of Santos and the countryside town of Itirapina. Five separate indigenous lands are located along the course of the line. Works to double the tracks and improve transportation have disturbed roughly 5,000 indigenous people.