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Brazil's 900,000 indigenous people make up less than 1 percent of the population and live on reservations that account for 13 percent of the country.Bruno Pereira, coordinator for uncontacted tribes at FUNAI, Brazil's indigenous affairs agency, said this tension has led to the emergence of forest vigilante groups, or guardians, across the Amazon, with fears conflicts will escalate.LEASINGHuman rights groups have voiced fears that the situation could get worse under Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, who put indigenous land decisions under the Agriculture Ministry, sparking concerns that more land would be opened to farming.Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said the administration's push to repeal a ban on commercial farming on indigenous land was in response to requests from indigenous people themselves."Since I was a congresswoman [in 2015-2018] I received more than 150 indigenous people saying: 'We would like to be able to lease a plot of land in our area,'" she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in her office in Brasilia, the capital.This would be on land that has already been cleared rather than deforesting new areas, she added.'NO CHOICE'The guardians' work against illegal logging is widely recognized by government bodies in charge of protecting indigenous rights and the environment.
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