Take Two for August 9, 2013

Tarahumara people fight logging in old growth forests

Tarahumara

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Two Tarahumara women (one with a baby nursing) at Arareco Lake near Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico. The Tarahumara are indigenous people of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains in the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. The Tarahumara women wear the traditional brig

One of the Mexico's most isolated indigenous groups, the Tarahumara, has won a significant legal victory, protecting its land. Mexican courts have suspended logging permits affecting old growth forests in the group's ancestral territory in the Sierra Madre of northern Mexico.

This as export demand for the lumber is growing, and pressure is on to open up logging on other sections of indigenous land. For the Fronteras Desk, Lorne Matalon reports from the Mexican state of Chihuahua.


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