Brazil cancels indigenous land requests after land dispute

Indigenous claims to ancestral lands rejected as groups are pushed into crowded reserves and Amazon fires rage.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is refusing to give additional land to indigenous tribes who say they’ve been pushed out of their rightful homes and onto packed reserves.

This comes as some indigenous areas have been wiped out by wildfires tearing through the Amazon jungle.

It has put some indigenous groups in direct confrontation with farmers laying claim to the same land.


Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Dourados in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.