Uncontacted Amazon tribe 'killed and chopped up by gold miners'

Brazil investigating report 10 members of Amazonian tribe killed by gold miners

Two goldminers have been arrested.

The killings are thought to have taken place near the Peruvian border in the Javari Valley, a large indigenous territory that is home to about 20 of the 103 uncontacted tribes registered in Brazil, the Times reported.

At least 10 members of the tribe are alleged to have been killed by the miners in a massacre that included women and children, The New York Times reports.

Sotto-Maior, who is the coordinator for recently contacted and uncontacted tribes, said, "It was crude bar talk".

"They even bragged about cutting up the bodies and throwing them in the river", she said.

The killings allegedly took place last month along the River Jandiatuba in western Brazil, but the news only emerged after the goldminers started boasting about the killings, and showing off "trophies" in the nearest town.

Survival International told the Times that, due to the small size of most of these tribes, it is likely a significant proportion of their population has been wiped out.

Back in 2011 an entire tribe went missing after heavily-armed drug dealers managed to overrun a Funai outpost.

FUNAI, the Brazilian government Indian Affairs department, told Fox News that at its request, the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office of Tabatinga in the state of Amazonas, has been investigating the alleged killings, together with the Federal Police.

Due to conflict over land, several remote areas in Brazil that include indigenous groups, rural workers, and land activists have all been targeted by violence.

Funai is tasked with protecting remote tribes and their land from unwanted contact with outsiders, which brings with it the risk of deadly disease and economic exploitation by unauthorised loggers, miners and ranchers.

Survival International estimates that there around 100 uncontacted tribes in the world, the vast majority of which are in the Amazon. Survival International described Temer's government as "fiercely anti-Indian, and has close ties to the country's powerful and anti-indigenous agribusiness lobby".

Funai is Brazil's organization for indigenous undertakings and its financial plan was as of late cut under President Michel Temer. The territories of two other uncontacted tribes - the Kawahiva and Piripkura - have also been invaded by landowners, hunters and miners.

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