With rights at risk, Indigenous Brazilians get on the ballot to fight back

  • A record 186 Indigenous candidates are running in Brazil’s general elections in October, up 40% from the 2018 elections.
  • Candidates and activists say the surge is pushback against the increased attacks on Indigenous rights, lands and cultures under the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro.
  • There’s currently only one Indigenous member in the 594-seat National Congress, a body whose lower House has overwhelmingly supported legislation considered detrimental to Indigenous rights and environmental protection.
  • Only two Indigenous individuals have ever been elected to Congress, but Brazil’s main Indigenous coalition hopes to improve this representation with a coordinated campaign to support Indigenous candidates. 

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