Márcio José Brando Santilli
Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil
Fellow Since 1989
This profile was prepared when Márcio José Brando Santilli was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1989.
Years before international media showed the world shocking images of Amazon Indians suffering and dying from contact with white invaders, Marcio Santilli, 35, has championed indigenous peoples' rights in Brazil. That is why as a federal deputy he was named to the congressional commission on Indian affairs.It was an important moment for indigenous peoples in Brazil, because the Congress was beginning to formulate a new, democratic national constitution. Santilli's activism and legislative contributions helped Brazil's remaining 220,000 Indians gain more constitutional rights to their culture, land and resources than they have had in 500 years of white domination.
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