Disputes over land turning more deadly for tribes across Brazil

Land disputes have become more deadly for indigenous people in Brazil, who account for less than 1 percent of the 191 million in the country.

Last year, at least 51 tribal members were killed, with as many as 24 cases linked to land issues. One of them was Nísio Gomes, a 59-year-old Guarani leader who was killed last November by masked men who took the body away.

A police investigation found evidence that landowners hired people to go after the tribe. But so far, no one has been charged even though several suspects have been identified.

"We want the bones of my father,” Valmir Gomes, 33, one of Nísio’s sons, told The New York Times. “He’s not an animal to drag away like that.”

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Violence Hits Brazil Tribes in Scramble for Land (The New York Times 6/10)

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