Why are the Amazon’s indigenous being killed?

The Heat Podcast

Paulo Paulino Guajajara was hunting on Friday inside the Arariboia reservation in Maranhao state when he was attacked and killed by illegal loggers. He was an indigenous Indian “forest guardian,” seen here painting his face on Arariboia indigenous land near the city of Amarante, Maranhao state, Brazil, September 10, 2019. (PHOTO: REUTERS)

Over the last year, indigenous groups in Brazil’s Amazon have been battling incursions by illegal ranchers and other land grabs. Scores of leaders trying to protect their territories have been attacked and killed.

Many worry, if these incursions continue, the culture, way of life, and presence of Amazon’s indigenous in their home lands, could be eliminated.

With us to discuss the plight of the Amazon – and its indigenous population – is Andrew Miller. He’s the Advocacy Director for Amazon Watch and has worked with indigenous groups in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

Links from the podcast

Amazon Watch

Global Forest Watch: Real time map of the Amazon fires

New York Times: ‘Guardian’ of the Amazon Killed in Brazil by Illegal Loggers

Andrew Miller on Twitter