Indigenous peoples march in defense of indigenous school education in Brazil 

16 AGO 2015
16 de Agosto de 2015
The indigenous movement and indigenous organizations from Roraima carried out the IV Indigenous Peoples March on August 10th due to August 9th known as the indigenous peoples international and the date for resistance but also for defense of State Indigenous School Education in territories and health. 

A manifest for the indigenous peoples international day has been released denouncing projects, asking for investigation about embezzlement and use of Yanomami Indigenous Special Sanitary District resources (Distrito Sanitário Especial Indígena - Dsei)   
This manifest gathered teachers, and students of indigenous schools. Lack of infrastructure, lunch and transportation in the communities are some of the main concerns. This march was carried out in Boa Vista streets, capital of Roraima, towards the State Department of Education and Sports (Secretaria Estadual de Educação e Desportos – Seed) for the document and the manifest to be handed over, afterwards people marched towards Senator Hélio Campos Palace where coordinators of Roraima Indigenous Council (CIR), Indigenous Women Organization of Roraima (OMIRR) and Indigenous Teachers Organization of Roraima (OPIRR) were able to protocol the document.   
Indigenous peoples in Roraima have 265 state indigenous schools disabled until the Government responds the claims. These schools receives more than 14 thousand indigenous students from different ethnicities, Macuxi, Wapichana, Taurepang, Patamona, Sapará, Ingaricó, Wai-Wai, Yanomami and Ye'kuana who live in many different regions of the 32 indigenous lands in the State.   
Leaderships, teachers and indigenous organizations carried out this indigenous mobilization in Roraima so that they could denounce the tough situation in indigenous schools and communities. They demand overthrow of Selma Mulinari, Secretary of Education. She's accused of acting in a prejudicial and discriminatory way against indigenous people. Indigenous leaderships have been stopped from protocoling the manifest in the Department of Education headquarter. Gates have been locked with padlocks and policemen with watchdogs and guns stayed in the place the whole time.   

The indigenous movement has protocoled the document along with the following public agencies; Federal Public Ministry (MPF), State Public Ministry (MPE), State Legislative Assembly and has attended in four public audiences presenting the affair about indigenous school education.   

An indigenous leaderships commission attended in a meeting with Roraima State Governor, Suely Campos. The State Educational Plan approval, with the inclusion of indigenous school education has been approved by the Governor. Nevertheless the main requirement by the indigenous movement which is the overthrown of the Secretary, Governor's sister, hasn't been accepted. According to the Executive Chief it's an unacceptable condition. 

Facing the Governor's denial indigenous leaderships decided to keep the 265 indigenous schools shut down for indeterminate time, until the State gives a favorable answer for the Secretary overthrown requirement. For this reason indigenous mobilization tends to intensify with the perspective of the arrival of more indigenous communities in Boa Vista. 

According to Nelino Galé, traditional leadership of Macuxi people, in Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous Land, there's nothing to be negotiated with the State Government concerning the Secretary and sees that she herself doesn't have any respect nor commitment with indigenous school education. He assumes that constitutional rights are not negotiable, but are meant to be abided. “We do not negotiate our indigenous rights achieved on the Federal Constitution, the government has to attend and abide the things that are already assured for us”, affirmed Nelino Galé.

This March that has been promoted by indigenous organizations supported by social entities, goes down in history of the indigenous movement in Roraima gathering these last days the largest number of indigenous people in the capital.

Redação Yandê and CIR - Conselho Indígena de Roraima
Translation by José Jefferson

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