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An Indigenous protestor burns incense during a protest march toward the Supreme Court building in Brasilia, Brazil, on Aug. 25. Photo: Carl De Souza/AFP via Getty Images

Thousands of Indigenous people marched this week in Brazil, dancing and chanting outside the Supreme Court to urge for protection of ancestral lands.

Why it matters: The landmark ruling will decide whether Indigenous people have the right to reclaim land occupied prior to 1988, when Brazil's constitution was ratified.

  • Brazilian state governments and the farming sector have sought to restrict Indigenous claims by invoking the legal cut-off. They argue that Indigenous communities didn't occupy those lands when the constitution was approved, Al Jazeera reports.
  • Indigenous people say they fled their ancestral lands at the time due to landowners' attempts to hunt them down.
    • "They put a price on us. They paid people to kill us and asked them to bring our ears as proof," Woie Patte, a Xokleng chieftain, told Al Jazeera.

Worth noting: The Human Rights Watch has said the policy is a violation of Indigenous rights under international law. A UN human rights expert has also called on the Brazilian court to ensure Indigenous peoples' right to their lands.

In photos
Indigenous protestors hold a banner that reads "Genocides, your fate is the Hague court" during a protest outside the Supreme Court building. Over 1,000 Indigenous protesters are taking part in a week of protests organized by Articulacao dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil. Photo: Carl De Souza/AFP via Getty Images
Indigenous people gather during a demonstration to protect their land in Brasilia, Brazil. Photo: Andressa Anholete via Getty Images
Indigenous people from different communities take part in protests to protect their territories. More than 6,000 Indigenous people have called on the Supreme Court to protect ancestral lands and allow the creation of new protected areas. Photo: Myke Sena/dpa via Getty Images
A screen shows Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso during a protest against a land demarcation judgment. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Thousands of Indigenous protesters gather in the Brazilian capital bearing bows and arrows and traditional headdresses ahead of the Supreme Court ruling. Photo: Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images
An Indigenous man raises his fist during a protest in Brasilia. Photo: Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images

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The big picture: The "atmospheric river" storms, associated with a record-strong "bomb cyclone" offshore from the Pacific Northwest, have brought flooding and mudslides to parts of California that were razed by recent wildfires and in severe drought. It's also caused widespread power outages in California and Washington state.

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Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.