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Wednesday, January 7

Native groups dispute who should control Amazon resources

Nahua’s quest for territory: "Peru has set aside five reserves for nomadic indigenous people. Because they are protected, they often contain the last stands of valuable mahogany. As a result, they are attractive to loggers who enter the areas illegally. As of August 2001, 16 groups of illegal loggers were reported to be working inside the land the Nahua are claiming as their territory. By June 2002, they had cut 600,000 cubic feet of mahogany and cedar, according to Shinai Serjali, a non-governmental organization that works with the Nahua of Serjali." Latinamerica Press There are no easy answers on how to deal with the native tribes in the Amazon. Even the Nahua group wants permission to start logging in their reserve.

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