Brazil’s first indigenous mayor elected to power

October 2016. The municipality of Marechal Thaumaturgo’s 15,000 inhabitants have elected Brazil’s first ever indigenous mayor. Isaac Piyãko received over 56 percent of the votes in Marechal Thaumaturgo in the State of Acre. While the position of deputy mayor for Santa Rosa do Purus, also in the State of Acre, was once filled by an indigenous nominee, never has an indigenous representative been elected mayor in Brazil.

Isaac Piyãko aspires reduce the existing racism through good leadership. “There is a lot of racism and prejudice against indigenous peoples. But I am sure I can revise and dismantle prejudices through good governance.” Congratulations and good luck from Climate Alliance!

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