Brazil indigenous defender, sidelined under Bolsonaro, gave life for ‘abandoned’ tribes

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By Jake Spring and Anthony Boadle ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil (Reuters) – Six tribes from Brazil’s remote Javari Valley packed into an assembly hall on June 11 to lament the disappearance of Bruno Pereira, an advisor to their collective, and Dom Phillips, a British journalist reporting on his work. Native patrolmen organized by Pereira, formerly a senior official for indigenous affairs agency Funai, were still hunting for signs of the missing men on an Amazon tributary that runs through their reservation. But the assembly had little doubt about their fate. “Bruno died as our shield, protecting us…

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