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The odds of indigenous leader Raoni winning the Nobel Peace Prize

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Raoni Metuktire

For non-Brazilian observers of President Jair Bolsonaro’s speech at the UN General Assembly last week, one name—crowbarred in among a long list of diatribes—might not have come as terribly familiar: Raoni Metuktire, an indigenous chief, who is the leader of the Kayapó people. 

At 89 years old, Raoni, with his unmistakably large lip plate, is a bonafide defender of the Amazon rainforest—and arguably the most famous spokesperson for the indigenous cause internationally. This year alone, he met with French President Emmanuel Macron and Pope Francis—to whom he denounced the environmental policies being carried out by the Jair Bolsonaro...

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