August 29th, 2007
Cimi-Assessoria de Imprensa, firstname.lastname@example.org, announced today that the Brazilian government signed on August 28Â demarcation decrees for the ownership ofÂ Tupinikim/Guarani lands
This historical decision was published in the Federal State Gazette by means of two ministeral decrees, no. 1463 and 1464, signed by the Minister of Justice Tarso Genro, declaring 18,070 hectares of lands in the municipality of Aracruz, state of Espirito Santo, Brazil, as indigenous lands, belonging to the Tupinikim and Guarani peoples. Before this decision, only 7,061 ha had been demarcated and another 11,009 ha had not, and continued being invaded by the eucalyptus and celulose producing company Aracruz Celulose. Â By means of this decision, the brazilian government fulfilled the brazilian constitution that says that it is the responsiblity of the government to demarcate lands, traditionally occupied by indigenous peoples and necessary for their physical and cultural survival.
The victory has been and continues being celebrated by all the seven Tupinikim and Guarani villages. Yesterday, the Chiefs declared that this victory is both a result from their union, their courage and determination to struggle for the lands they were evicted from in the past, guaranteeing the future of their children, but at the same time, this victory was also possible because of a strong network of support, both in Brazil as well as outside Brazil.