Former missionary to lead Brazil’s isolated indigenous unit
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s far-right administration has named a former evangelical missionary to head a body assigned to protect uncontacted and recently contacted indigenous groups. The move is raising concerns among human rights activists about tribes’ health and cultural identity. The Justice Ministry on Wednesday appointed Ricardo Lopes Dias as the new coordinator-general for the government unit, which is part of the indigenous affairs agency. In recent interviews, Dias said he would not seek to evangelize indigenous groups. But activists have expressed concern that he would try to do that, just as he did during his years with the New Tribes nonprofit group.