NPR on Brazil’s Surui Tribe

Here. An excerpt:

Chief Almir Surui, 38, has built alliances with American technology companies, environmental groups and lawmakers in the capital, Brasilia, and in cities far beyond Brazil. And the Surui reserve, called Seventh of September for the date in 1969 when the outside world made its first sustained contact with the tribe, has become a hotbed of technology designed to protect the jungle.

The Indians use smartphones to monitor illegal logging and Google Earth Outreach to show the world what their reserve is like.

“Our model calls for saving the forest and fighting for sustainable development,” says Chief Almir, as he stands in the middle of the forest surrounded by chirping birds and many species of trees. “It’s a challenge because it’s very important to do all this. But other countries do not always pursue responsible policies.”

Gmail Supports Cherokee Language Usage


This an interesting sidenote, from the website:

Interestingly, Apple‘s iPhone and iPad have supported Cherokee since December 2010. At the time, Cherokee Chief Chad Smith persuaded Apple to include support for the language. Similarly, Gmail’s latest update came about after Vance Blackfox, a member of the Cherokee Nation, carpooled with a Google engineer from an event, according to its official blog.