Jandiatuba River, Brazil
Tribe massacred? Brazilian authorities are investigating the possible massacre of 10 members of one of the Amazon’s most remote, “uncontacted” hunter-gatherer tribes. A group of gold miners reportedly bragged in a bar near the Colombia border about having killed the tribe members, showing off tools and jewelry stolen from the dead. A bar patron recorded their confession and gave the audio to the police, sparking a federal investigation. The more than 100 uncontacted Amazon tribes are mostly small family bands, so if the massacre is confirmed, it could mean a significant percentage of an entire ethnic group was wiped out. Funding for indigenous affairs in Brazil has been cut by nearly 70 percent since 2014, and officials don’t have the resources to monitor the tribes.