Jun 26, 2005

Innocence Relegated to Indian Reservations [LINK]

Writing in Commentary, the anthropologist Roger Sandall describes the perverse situation of Brazil's Cinta Larga Indians. Under Brazilian law, they are not considered full citizens, but enjoy the sort of protections typically offered to minors. Many believe they live on top of a huge diamond deposit, yet they are not allowed to mine their own land. Outsiders seeking to mine the land require numerous permits that entail literally endless bureaucratic delays. So instead the Indians cut private deals with the outsiders, which inevitably go sour and lead to violence. Last year, 29 miners were slaughtered by the Indians, who because of their protected status will almost certainly not be prosecuted.

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