Peru drugs traffickers 'may have massacred Brazil tribe'

Peru drugs traffickers Brazil’s national Indian foundation, Funai, said that the isolated area housing the group had been “invaded and looted” in late July by “Peruvian drug traffickers”.

Orange-painted residents of the region in the state of Acre, about 20 miles from the Brazil-Peru border, were pictured there in 2008, firing arrows at an overflying plane.

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The former American Indian Movement leader counts nine assassination attempts on his life. He has survived danger, violence and numerous encounters with mortality -- from the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation to guerilla wars in Nicaragua -- in what he calls his “72 winters” of life.

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