Border Wall Would Cut Across Land Sacred To Native Tribe
February 23, 20174:35 AM ET
The proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico would run right through Native lands, and tribal leaders in the region say it would desecrate sacred sites.
“Over my dead body will we build a wall,” says Verlon Jose, vice chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation. “It’s like me going into your home and saying ‘You know what? I believe in order to protect your house we need some adjusting.’ And you’re going to say, ‘Wait a minute, who are you to come into my house and tell me how to protect my home?’ ” he says.
The Tohono O’odham reservation straddles the U.S.-Mexico border about an hour south of Tucson. Tohono O’odham means people of the desert.
On a recent drive through the Sonoran desert — where rain has make the palo verde trees even greener and the saguaro stand a little taller — Jose points to a cactus plant. He says every living thing has a story and each story comes with a teaching.7wo7rees, PADemD like this
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