Young Brazilian Indian Killed Point Black When Bringing Water to Stranger

A Bororo Indian from Mato Grosso, Brazil

A Bororo Indian from Mato Grosso, Brazil It was 10 pm, Saturday, March 17, when Helenildo Bataru Egiri, a 20-year-old member of the indigenous Bororo people, answered the door to some unknown men who were asking for water. When he gave them the water, he was shot three times at point blank range and killed by the men, who were in a taxi.

His family has never left the Bororo people's 4,706-hectare Jarudóri indigenous land, which was invaded in the 1950s and which has been the object of a public civil action since July 2006. A Bororo group opened a new settlement in the area in June 2006, and ever since then there have been threats and attempted homicides.

The Jarudóri land, in the municipality of Poxoréu, in the state of Mato Grosso, has been registered for more than 50 years, but is still occupied by non-indigenous people. The Salesian missionaries who operate in the region have been suffering pressure and threats, especially where their work with the Bororo people in the Jarudóri land is concerned.

On December 5, 2006, the Attorney General's Office in Cuiabá, the capital of Mato Grosso, received reports of several death threats that land grabbers had made against the group of the Bororo chief, Maria Aparecida Toro Ekureudo.

In the early hours of December 26, her son-in-law, João Osmar ("Gaúcho"), was the victim of a murder attempt and his truck was set on fire as he was leaving the indigenous land.

He was treated, in a state of shock, at the Primavera do Leste First Aid Center and the Indigenous People's Health Center in Cuiabá, before being transferred to a safer place.

The Public Prosecutor's Office has insistently petitioned for an inquiry, and one was finally opened on January 9, 2007 (No. 3-004/2007). The local branch of Funai has oriented the Federal Police Chief that this enquiry does not fall within the Federal Police's remit, because there were no indigenous victims.

Cimi – Indianist Missionary Council


  • Show Comments (4)

  • AES

    ‘Save the Amazon?’
    ‘Save the Amazon? Hell, save the indiginous people. It should be a lot easier, it is actually, there are so fewer of them, they are a wealth of global anthropology, of the history of man. Their histories, should be video recorded now, their mythologies, medicines, histories, language, before it is lost for a bag of beans.

  • AES

    ‘The only good Indian is a dead Indian’
    Such was the claim in movies in old ‘wild west of the early 1800’s. ‘The only good Indian was a dead Indian’. It is such an anachronistic ‘time warp’. It reminds one of ‘Jim Crow’ of lynching, where the sheriff was head of the Klan. They pulled up in a Taxi? Shouldn’t be hard to solve this mystery. With the practice that the military has had in Haiti, the veterans should be quite competent to restore order and civility in an obvious part of the country that has run amok. Afoul of the law, as they say. What century is this? In a time of instant information and instant opinion this is what is called ‘bad press’, time to bring a new marshal into town and restore Brazil’s humanity to the world. Bad press is bad for business, it is bad for greater Brazil. The Pan American Games are coming, symbol of peace and humanity and we’re riding around killing ‘Indians’, in taxi cabs. Fodder for SNL and the Global press.

  • Lydia Chowning

    Killings in 2007 unreported
    We are missionaries and teachers that work with the indigenous in the tri-country region of Brazil-Colombia-Peru and the Indians tell us that this year there was a tribe area bombed to kill the Indians when there arose a dispute over the land or timber, but all efforts to confirm the news outside of them has turned up nothing. Obviously it’s not news when we kill the rightful owners of the land. We can’t even find out if it was Brazil or Peru that did the killing. Makes me mad that Indigenous are not considered people but problems when they are the ones that really do the best at protecting our natural resources.

  • ch.c.

    because there were no indigenous victims ??????

    Hmmmmm !!!!!

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