• Categories
  • Archives

Indian Reservation in Brazil Gets Electricity and Lula’s Visit

Today, April 19, which is Indian Day in Brazil, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva presented an assessment of what the government has done for the Indians.

In his view, Indians have been treated as Brazilian citizens, with a right to land, education, health, and electricity.

The president participated in the inauguration of the Light for All program on the Guarita Indian reservation in the municipality of Tenente Portela, in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Electricity will give the reservation’s 7,500 Kaingang and Guarani Indians the chance the improve their production of corn, beans, tobacco, soybeans, vegetables, and wheat.

They intend to buy refrigerators to conserve and sell milk and dairy products. The total investment on the electrification project amounted to US$ 1.17 million.

In his speech the president referred to what the government has done in the past three years for the indigenous community, such as a 40% increase in the number of openings for Indians in schools and a US$ 9.3 million investment last year on basic sanitation projects in 297 villages.

According to Lula, 19,000 Indian families receive the Family Grant, which is the federal government’s foremost income transfer program.

Indian Culture

The secretary of Identify and Cultural Diversity (SID), Sérgio Maberti, is handing the minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, a report prepared by the Indian Work Group (GTI) on priority actions to valorize indigenous cultures.

This initiative is part of Indigenous Culture Week, which began Monday, April 17, and ends Thursday, April 20, in the Ministry of Culture.

The GTI was created on April 19, 2005, to debate and propose government policies related to indigenous cultures. The effort is intended to contribute to the recognition of the diversity, particularities, and the cultural worth of indigenous traits.

The final outcome desired by the GTI is to stimulate reflection on Brazilian diversity and foster the building of self-esteem, ethics, and the valorization of the cultural formation of social groups with their own organizational characteristics, thus contributing to citizenship and cultural rights.

Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Didn’t Make the US Short List of Favorites for a UN Seat

Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns said today that the United States ...

Dear Saudis, Play Safe, Bring Your Money to Brazil

If I were the Finance Minister of Saudi Arabia, I would be cashing in, ...

Brazilian Bras and Panties Go High Tech

The intimate fashion sector including panties and bras is one that grows the most ...

Abu Dhabi Buys Shares on Santander Brazil’s Initial Public Offering

The biggest shareholder in Daimler AG, publicly listed Abu Dhabi fund Aabar Investments PJSC, ...

Brazil Calls for Democracy and Transparency at the Internet’s Top

According to Rogério Santana, the representative of the Ministry of Planning on the team ...

Investors Worried Higher US Interest Rates Will Draw Money from Brazil

Brazil had a record high day and other Latin American stocks gained ground, as ...

Brazil to Triple Its Marine Protected Area with World Bank’s Help

A Brazilian pioneer initiative will more than triple the ocean area under environmental protection ...

Mining Giant Rio Tinto Cuts 14,000 Jobs. Brazil Operations Affected

Rio Tinto, the world's third-largest mining company is eliminating 14.000 jobs and cutting investment ...

Brazil Wants a Bigger Role for the G-20

Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, told a meeting of the G-20 (composed ...

Guimarães Rosa’s Sarapalha In Portuguese

The malaria stayed. The residents, they were the ones who went away: the first ...