Report: Amazon tribe may have fallen victim to drug traffickers
Aerial images of the uncontacted tribe in Brazil's Amazon rain forest were released in February.
August 9th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

Report: Amazon tribe may have fallen victim to drug traffickers

Suspected Peruvian drug traffickers have destroyed a guard post protecting a recently discovered indigenous tribe in Brazil's Amazon rain forest, the aid group Survival International reports.

Aerial film and still images of the tribe were first shown to the world in February. The Brazilian government's National Indian Foundation established the guard station near the tribe's territory along Brazil's border with Peru to protect the Indians from outsiders.

Survival International said Monday that Brazilian authorities can now find no sign of the tribe.

"We think the Peruvians made the Indians flee. ... We are more worried than ever. This situation could be one of the biggest blows we have ever seen in the protection of uncontacted Indians in recent decades. It’s a catastrophe," Carlos Travassos, the head of Brazil's isolated Indians department, said in a Survival International statement.

Survival International reports the tribe's lands are near the Envira River, which Peruvian cocaine smugglers reportedly use as a route into Brazil.

Brazilian authorities report groups of men armed with machine guns and rifles are in the nearby forest, according to the aid group.

Authorities had recovered a drug trafficker's rucksack with a broken Indian arrow in it, Survival International reported.

"This is extremely distressing news. There is no knowing how many tribal peoples the drug trade has wiped out in the past, but all possible measures should be taken to stop it happening again. The world’s attention should be on these uncontacted Indians, just as it was at the beginning of this year when they were first captured on film," Survival International Director Stephen Corry said in a statement.

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  1. Napoleon Jr.

    Lets conquer this people and land, who's with me?

    August 10, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Obama

    Another proof that martian has visited planet Earth, these red/black martian must be captured for anal probing.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Joe

    Wondering if their tribe was rated AAA or AA+ by the S&P?

    August 10, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Doeland

      LOL!! I really like this one!

      August 10, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Smartie

    If they are really Indians, then the authority should just send them back to India, they are really long long way from their homeland.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sarah

      Smartie, you're really a smartie.

      Christopher Columbus?

      August 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KFC

    Fake! This is a screenshot from the forthcoming superheroes movie. I see no butt naked tribe people.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jimmy Hoffa

    There is no difference between what the American settlers did to the Native American then what the Drug Lords are doing in Brazil.

    Get off your Anglo Saxon views and out of the Puritan ways....

    August 10, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jimmy Hoffa

    To all the religios blokes who quote the folklore of the bible or use chritianity, provide the truth about the New Testiment. BTW, there is none. Oh and another bone, the man in charge of writing only 4 of the 80 gospels was a Pagan, turned to Christian b/c the fall of the Roman Empirer and who slaughtered other Christians who didn't follow the 4 gospels of his choice....

    August 10, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Sam

    maybe they were a cannibal tribe and they ate the drug runners, got high on the cocaine in their blood stream, and are now wandering the jungle aimlessly... stoned...

    August 10, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marcos

      Are u serious? Is that what u would do?

      August 10, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    Most comments have nothing to do with this tragic story, and come from a bunch of losers.
    What do drug trafficers with machine guns have in common with religion??
    These comments shows how the "West" is in severe decline.

    August 10, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. wehateignorants

    This is a BIG LIE, ridiculous . Those tribes in Amazon are protected by a government organization called FUNAI.(GOOGLE IT) They are there before europeans colonized Brazil. And they are STILL there.. Nothing happened to them. CNN just want to make Brazil looks bad since new recession is coming to US. Wake UP people! You guys should get things strait before saying BS. BTW the term indians has nothing to do with the people FROM India.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. wehateignorants

    This is a BIG LIE, ridiculous . Those tribes in Amazon are protected by a government organization called FUNAI.(GOOGLE IT) They are there before europeans colonized Brazil. And they are STILL there.. Nothing happened to them. Journalism just want to make Brazil looks bad since new recession is coming to US. Wake UP people! You guys should get things strait before saying b-s. BTW the term indians has nothing to do with the people FROM India. ..And if you thing your acai smoothie will make you loose weight.. (!)

    August 10, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. livingalesson

    I bet this tribe is clearer than us and eat healthier than us. They have plenty of food, for those people saying they are starving: they live in the world's biggest forest! They have all natural resources, fresh fish,meat, vegetables, "organics fruits" and they are isolated from all the germs, bacteria and diseases we are exposed due this globalization.
    They are educated in their own way, they have their own beliefs, languages, they don't get to pay rent,buy food, write a resume and deal with the gas prices, pay s-t-pid iphone bills and high-speed internet. Their make up is not as chemical as MAC. They'll never have cancer. They don't kill their little daughters and get away with murder! Leave them alone!!! Xoxo
    yes, if you ask me why im not living with them, the answer is: they won't let me!

    August 10, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. openabook

    Indian means native people in their language-portuguese. There is nothing to do with Columbus or Asians. It's just a similar word in other language meaning something completely different in english. If you study other languages you would understand that.
    Maybe this article shouldn't have the word "indians", since most of you are not able to understand.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • part portuguese, part indian

      Indio does not mean native in Portuguese. It means Indian. As in from India. Portuguese words for native are nativo, inidigena, aborigene, nato. Maybe in some local slang it means native, but not in global standard use.

      August 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marcos

    The U.S. wants them to ask for assistance in exchange of natural resources. I bet it is fake. All that religious stuff isn't mentioned in the article, so why debate about it.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Marcos

    Why are you people debating religion if the artice mentions nothing about it? That's what is evil!

    August 10, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
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