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English Briefing on the invasion of indigenous land in Brazil by loggers from Peru

English Briefing on the invasion of indigenous land in Brazil by loggers from Peru

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English Briefing on the invasion of indigenous land inBrazil by loggers from Peru
 Articles in this Briefing
Ashaninka mission confirms invasion by loggers from Peru inindigenous land in the state of Acre, Brazil.3.
05/09/2011 - We denounce the presence of clandestine Peruvian loggers in TerraIndigena Ashinanka, Brazilian territory4.
History of the inspection mission carried out between days 30/08 and 02/09/20115.
22/08/2011 - Tension continues on Brazil - Peru border7.
09/08/2011 - Brazil: Funai suspects hunting of indigenous peoples by drugtraffickers from Peru
Translations from Portuguese by M. A. Kidd, supported in part by the Obadiah BrownBenevolent Fund 
by Scott Wallace, National GeographicPosting on Apiwtxa blog Madeireiros e nativos se enfrentam em faixa de fronteira*  Lumberjack invasion spurs cross-border contact between native villagesIn a sign of growing indigenous activism and impatience with ineffectualbureaucrats, communities in Peru and Brazil have joined forces in recent days topatrol a volatile border region rife with illegal loggers and heavily armed gangs of drug-runners.
Earlier this month, a joint patrol of Ashéninka natives fromthe Alto Tamaya River in Peru and Asháninka tribesmenfrom across the border in Brazil encountered multiple sitesinside Peru where loggers appeared to be operatingoutside legally recognized concessions. The Indians alsodiscovered a logging camp just 200 yards from the border,prompting suspicions that the lumberjacks are poised tosnatch valuable timber from Brazilian national territoryAnillegal logging camp deep in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo byScott Wallace
“It’s a known strategy,” Asháninka leader Isaac Piyãko told the
 Pro-Indian Commission oAcre,the Amazonian border state in far western Brazil that includes the native lands of the
Asháninka. “They set up a camp close on the border to take away wood from Brazil.” Piyãko
said the patrol found trunks of recently felled mahogany and cedar
both endangeredhardwoods protected by law
as well as standing trees on the Brazil side marked withblazes by loggers for imminent harvest.Equipped with hand-held GPS units, indigenous leaders presented the geo-referencedinformation to Brazilian authorities in a meeting last week in the frontier city of Cruzeirodo Sul. Officials promised to look into the matter and indicated they were willing toundertake aerial surveillance and to bolster their presence in the restive border area.The Brazilian Asháninka have evolved into a well-organized and influential force in recent years, emerging as a role model for other less fortunate tribes. Their territory has beenlegally recognized, and tribal members enjoy a relatively high level of educational andpublic health services. The same cannot be said for their brethren in Peru. They havepetitioned for legal title to their land for the past ten years. The government has yet to act,leaving the Peruvian Ashéninka exposed to ongoing invasions from illegal loggers and acascade of threats that keep everyone on edge when nighttime comes to the forest, and thelast cooking fires wink out.Just last month, members of the Ashéninka community of Saweto found three outboardmotors sabotaged after they sustained a confrontation with loggers in the backwoods.The Asháninka and Ashéninka are closely related indigenous groups, sharing a commonlanguage and similar customs.
Scott Wallace writes about the environment and indigenous affairs for
National Geographic 
and other publications. His forthcoming book,
The Unconquered: In
 Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes
, will be published by Crown inOctober 2011. For more information, please visit  www.scottwallace.com
Ashaninka mission confirms invasion by loggers fromPeru in indigenous land in the state of Acre, Brazil. Original posting on Apiwtxa site 
 Ashininka inspect the border. Acervo CPI/Acre
Fifteen  Ashaninka arrived in the forest last week and stated that the illegal exploitation of timber in Peru continues at full steam, and iscrossing into Brazilian territory.
By Maria Emília Coelho, CPI/AC, 05/07/2011 Following the denunciation of the invasion of loggers in the TerraIndigena Kampa do Rio Amônia, in Acre, fifteen Ashaninka indiansundertook a an inspection mission, between August 29 and September 2, on the Brazil-Peru border, a region high in concentration of mahogany and cedar.The group, formed by ten indigenous participants from the village of Apiwtxa, in Acre, andfive from the community of Soweto do Alto Rio Tamaya, in Peru, identified a numerousvestiges once again proving that Peruvian loggers are active in Brazilian territory.The Ashaninka mission found a camp at approximately 200 meters from the border line of 
Brazil, and near to a road. “
This is a known strategy. They set up camp near the border toremove the timber from Brazilian t 
erritory”, explains
Isaac Piyãko, leader of the Apiwtxavillage.According to the indigenous peoples of the Soweto community, another encampment exists, between markers 42 and 43, where the loggers are working with a motorized winch,a system of exploitation that causes very high environmental impact.During the mission, the Ashaninka from Peru also encountered a group of eight Peruvianand Brazilian youths in the forest 
, the majority being minors. “
The adult in the group wasnot there, only his son. They sat and listened like children to our appeal to not go to the
Brazilian side”,
explained one of the indians who was in the expedition.Within the T.I. (Indigenous Territory) Kampa do Rio Amônea, on the Brazil side, and
between markers 43 and 44, “
cut timber was found and several cedar, mahogany, copaiba
copal and cumaru marked for felling and removal”, continued Issac Piyãnko.
Denunciation and Action
The Ashaninka Association of Rio Amônia posted the news of the invasion on its blog, onAugust 29, and sent the denunciation to the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), the

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