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Published on Dec 10, 2008
Indigenous leaders in Brazil are claiming a victory against farmers in an Amazon region who they say are occupying their lands. A majority of Brazil's supreme court judges say they'll support the claim for a reservation in Roraima state to remain in the hands of indigenous people. But the decision isn't yet final, and a ruling isn't expected until next year. Indigenous leaders say they hope the ruling will set a precendent protecting the rights of their people. The lawyer representing the indigenous people in that case is Joenia Batista de Carvalho. An indigenous person herself, she has overcome long odds to present the case in front of Brazil's highest court. Al Jazeera spent some time with Joenia as she arrived in the capital Brasilia ahead of the Supreme Court ruling. This is her story, in her own words.