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Wed Feb 26, 2020, 09:58 PM

Tribal leader: Work to build border wall hurts sacred land

Source: Associated Press


By ANITA SNOW
an hour ago



PHOENIX (AP) — A Native American leader from Arizona grew emotional Wednesday as he told a congressional committee about the pain members of his tribe feel about U.S. officials blasting through land they consider sacred to build part of President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“No one reveres our military veterans more than the O’odham, however, dynamiting these sacred sites and burial grounds is the same as bulldozing Arlington National Cemetery or any other cemetery,” Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris told lawmakers in Washington.

His testimony came hours after the government carried out a new round of explosions near the southern border as a group of invited journalists watched. Construction crews this month began blasting and bulldozing through hills to build a 30-foot (9-meter) steel wall 60 feet wide (18 meters wide) in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

Environmental groups also are decrying the work at the national parks system site that’s named for its cactuses resembling organ pipes and is a largely untouched example of Sonoran Desert habitat.

Read more: https://apnews.com/5381ad657d0ad69224e991d7717a6698

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Reply Tribal leader: Work to build border wall hurts sacred land (Original post)
Judi Lynn Feb 26 OP
JohnnyLib2 Feb 26 #1
sakabatou Feb 26 #2
Bayard Feb 26 #3
hellno45 Feb 26 #4
burrowowl Feb 28 #7
hellno45 Feb 29 #9
2naSalit Feb 26 #5
Kali Feb 27 #6
Mosby Feb 28 #8

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 10:22 PM

1. This is a travesty in so many ways.


K & R for exposure.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 10:34 PM

2. Since when did Trump care about tribal land?

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 10:47 PM

3. He doesn't care about the tribes themselves

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 11:05 PM

4. Like ISIS, tRump loves to destroy historic, sacred sites. He is a terrorist. nt

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Response to hellno45 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 08:21 AM

7. Yes he is

Welcome to DU

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 09:45 PM

9. thank you. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 11:10 PM

5. He wants to destroy everything that matters to us.

Because we resist.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 10:11 AM

8. I don't have a lot of sympathy for the tohono O'odham

They lied to people so they could open casinos.

Don't be deceived. The Tohono O'odham casino is fraud

From the concealment of Tohono O'odham's true intentions during the compact negotiations to false assurances amid the 2002 campaign to ratify the tribal gaming compacts to the constant spin from their pro-casino lobbyists, truth has been in short supply for years.

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This casino should never be allowed to open. The Tohono O'odham's deceit should nullify the possibility of their opening this facility, as should the fact that such a casino is, according to Arizona's governor, "contrary to the public interest."

We deem it vital that the public understand exactly what is at stake. Should this tribe's Glendale casino be allowed to open, it surely will not be the end of their greedy scheme, but merely the beginning.

Last year, the federal government — in what we mayors feel is a massive overreach — granted the Tohono O'odham the ability to build not one, but up to four casinos on unincorporated islands in Maricopa County. Should the Tohono O'odham be allowed "to force a casino on the people of Arizona," as Gov. Ducey noted, more rogue gaming facilities will surely follow.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2015/04/26/let-tohono-oodham-profit-fraud-casino/26333951/

So the NAs in AZ are heavily into vice. Gambling is an addiction for a lot of people. The city of Phoenix is now completely ringed with casinos. All sucking out money from the community.

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