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The Waorani people of Pastaza are an indigenous tribe from the Ecuadorian Amazon and have lived in the Rainforest for generation on generation. Although the Amazon fires currently burning away are in Paraguay, thousands of miles away from Ecuador, many are linking a burgeoning trend that may well end up in more forestry being destroyed across the nine countries that the Amazon spans. According to Reuters, the tribe had been battling an on-going court case concerning the selling of sacred Amazonian lands to oil companies. The lands were originally auctioned off and approved to do so by the Ecuadorian government, much to the dismay of the indigenous tribe.
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A court decision ruled that the 2,000 strong tribe had not been properly consulted before the lands were sold off.
The government appealed the decision, but ultimately lost when the three-judge panel of the Pastas provincial Court upheld the ruling that the tribe had not been properly consulted, ending the years-long legal battle over the land.