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Mohawks Inflamed Over Tohono O'odham Tribal Council Complicity In "Border" Oppression Of Indigenous People - U.S. welcomes rich and kills the poor
Friday, 16 November 2007 18:41
by Brenda Norrell

Indigenous delegates to the border on Tohono O'odham Nation land were outraged by the federal agents, hovering customs helicopter, profiteering contractors, federal spy tower, federal "cage" detention center and watching the arrest of a group of Indigenous Peoples, mostly women and children, by the US Border Patrol on an Indian Nation. 

The United States' Apartheid Wall is under construction on Tohono O'odham Nation lands, shown here at the San Miguel Gate.

Minutes after this photo was taken, a delegation of Mohawks and other Native people stood before the Border Patrol with fists held high in solidarity and would have intervened in the arrest of Mayans, if the Border Patrol had not packed the Mayans into a vehicle and sped away.

Delegates from the Indigenous Peoples' Border Summit of the Americas were disgusted to see the border wall going up on Indian land; the "cage" where men women and children are held on Indian land; and the arrests of Mayans, mostly women and children, on Tohono O'odham land.

The construction of the border wall on O'odham land has already resulted in the digging up the ancestors of the O'odham from their final resting place, on the western side of Tohono O'odham Nation lands by the contractor Boeing.

The border wall will also be a barrier for the traditional ceremonial route of O'odham. Although it is endorsed by the Tohono O'odham Nation government, individual O'odham are protesting the wall with support from Indigenous Peoples throughout the Americas.

(Photo Jay Johnson-Castro)

 
"We saw it all firsthand in America," said Bill Means, Lakota and cofounder of the International Indian Treaty Council on Nov. 8, when an Indigenous delegation went to the [so-called] "US/Mexico" border here, south of Sells, to document human rights abuses [including murders, rapes, torture, deaths] for a report to the United
Nations. 
"We are going to take this wall down," Means said, after viewing the construction of a "border vehicle barrier" by contractors and National Guard on Tohono O'odham land. [This wall is something to see. It is iron posts filled with cement, sunk 5 ft. into the ground and 6 1/2 ft. high. it is going to be electrified.]
Speaking a few hours later to the Indigenous Peoples Border Summit of the Americas II in San Xavier, Means called for solidarity of Indigenous Peoples throughout the world to halt the arrests of Indigenous Peoples who are walking north in search of a better life, and solidarity to bring down the US/Mexico border wall.
"One inch of intrusion into our land is not acceptable!" Mohawk Mark Maracle told the Border Summit. "I became very angry when I saw those guys rounding up our people. It is a violation of our Great Law to witness what we saw today and do nothing about it." [We felt so powerless. What could be do. They had all the guns!]

The delegation included Mohawks, Oneida, Navajo, Acoma Pueblo, Hopi and O'odham.

Near the border, at the scene of the arrests of a group of Indigenous Peoples, Mohawks stood before US Border Patrol agents and yelled at them about the illegality of their actions. They held their fists high in solidarity, as the Border Patrol packed nearly a dozen Indigenous Peoples into one vehicle.

The delegation also viewed the federal spy tower next to Homeland Security's migrant detention center known as "the cage" on the Tohono O'odham Nation. The first stop, however, was the abomination of the new wall being constructed on O'odham land.

Kahentinetha Horn of the Mohawk Women Title Holders said she saw the callousness of the Tohono O'odham district official standing before them and speaking in favor of the border barrier. [Marla asked, "What people are your talking about?" "Your People", we all said. She smiled the whole time].


"This is completely illegal," Kahentinetha said, adding that it violates human rights and international law. Kahentinetha was outraged at the arrests of the group of Indigenous Peoples, who appeared to be young Mayans from Oaxaca, Chiapas or Guatemala.
"We stood in front of the Border Patrol yelling at them," Kahentinetha told the Indigenous Border Summit. She described how the Mohawks stood with fists held high in solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples who were arrested earlier in the day. "We tried to pass some of our strength on to them to fight."
The Indigenous delegation documenting the abuses planned to intervene in the arrests, but the Border Patrol crowded the group into a vehicle and left quickly.

Mohawk warrior Rarahkwisere, among those disheartened to see the arrest of fellow Indigenous Peoples on Indian land with the help of Indigenous people, was shaking with anger. He pointed out, "These brothers and were not drug runners or criminals. These were men, women and children walking in search of a better life". [They have the same rights as anyone else? This fence is being erected by people who claim to support a "free market society". They really want low labor costs. Today some cab live well and others are pushed to starve. These people are not just economic migrants eager to get into the US to sponge off welfare. They are being forced to flee. The multinational corporations are spraying toxic chemicals on their homeland.]

Jay Johnson Castro of Del Rio Texas, leading protests against the imprisonment of migrant children at Hutto prison in Texas and the border wall in Texas, was in the delegation. 
"I hear 'sovereign nation,' but I didn't see sovereign actions [by the Tohono O'odham]." Castro said the buildings near the border on the Tohono O'odham Nation are labeled "Homeland Security and Tohono O'odham Nation. They are partners [in crime! Partners in genocide!]
Maracle said the atrocities that the US government is falsely accusing migrants of doing, is what the invaders did when they arrived on Turtle Island: rape, robbery and murder. [We do not believe that toddlers and 9 year olds are committing such crimes].
"If we don't stop and grab hold of our destiny, there is not going to be one for our children." Maracle said. "All the nations need to come together and stop what is happening here. I know from past experience with the Mohawk Warrior Society where our power lies. It is with the people. Don't ever forget that."
Chris George, Oneida from Canada, said, "When the Border Patrol came up, they treated us like as enemies." The Border Patrol imemdiately asked the summit delegation "Who authorized this delegation to be at the border and who is your leader?" [Did they think we were a bunch of martians or something?] "No one authorizes us to do anything. Creation brought us there". George warned, "Don't let the United States government tell us who we are. We are Haudenosaunee, People of the Longhouse."

Lenny Foster, Dine' (Navajo) and advocate for Native ceremonial rights for inmates, said that what he witnessed was "brutal, vicious and evil." He said Dine' know that all human beings have five fingers. He said that he did not recognize the district official and federal agents as having five-fingers. "They were robots." Foster said that the Tohono O'odham district official [Marla Henry] who led the tour was defending the [colonial] policies of genocide.

Describing how the Indigenous Peoples were arrested and quickly rushed into a small vehicle, Foster said, "It reminded me of Gallup, N.M. and how they round up our people, stacked them up like cords of wood." Foster was at the dirt path leading to Mexico, also known as The Gate, years ago when the American Indian Movement protested the violation of human rights there. He remarked on the heavy buildup of police and agents, from the BIA, Tohono O'odham Nation, US Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs agents and the National Guard. They were all working with the contractors constructing the wall, while a white customs' helicopter hovered menacingly overhead.

At the same time, on the Mexico side [of the "imaginary line"], two men sat under a tree. An attorney for the O'odham in Mexico was prevented from crossing into the United States portion of Tohono O'odham land by the US Border Patrol. This man held a letter from Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris requesting to meet with him today. Norris stated that the attorney could enter the Nation by way of "The Gate" that we were at.

The Border Patrol officer at the scene refused to allow the attorney to enter, over-ruling Chairman Norris. He said the attorney must have a US visa and not just a letter from Norris. [This goes to show how some Indians are letting themselves be puppets of the low ranking "foot soldiers" of the U.S. government.] The attorney waited there in the company of a Tarahumara who held a US visa.

Foster pointed out that the Mexican federales or police, who arrived on the other side, could do anything with these two people who were left there. "They could even be torturing them now." Means also pointed out that the delegation was "tailed" or followed from the tribal capitol of Sells. Means also said that the Berlin Wall had come down, but now there are other walls to divide the people [that are being built all over the world].

At the border wall, Means said one of the workers announced proudly, "The Israelis are helping us put up the wall." Border wall contractor Boeing has hired a subcontractor, Elbit Systems, an Israeli defense contractor, who helped build the Apartheid Wall in Palestine.

Means said the U.S. "gated communities" have expanded into a "gated country" where the government welcomes the rich [and kills the poor]. [We were down there during the "Remembrance Day" weekend. Is this the world the soldiers sacrafied for?]
 
An international summit must be called immediately. These kinds of borders are allegedly being planned worldwide. We've been informed that a wall is being planned on the "imaginary line" known as the Canada-U.S. border. This is a violation of Indigenous law, human rights and international law. This plan to control all of mankind and the natural world must be stopped immediately! Direct your criticisms to: Marla Henry mhenry_ckd@yahoo.com; Verlon Jose, Chairman of Tohono O'odham Legislative Council, Box 837, Sells, Arizona 85634, verlon.jose@tonation-nsn.gov; and to your local Congressmen, Senators, media, file international complaints; To help, contact: Mike Flores MNN Mohawk Nation News www.mohawknationnews.com kahentinetha2@yahoo.com & katenies20@yahoo.com
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Ken Dreger said:

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OMG !
Are these Indians actually saying that the Federal government, has no right to build a fence?

Shame on you American Indians, shame on you!

You stoop below the level of the worms and try to protect those who come to this great nation to harm our economy & health as well asy your own people!

You must realize that bringing more lower skilled people into this nation only will drive the wages of Indians down also I would hope!

All Indians must stand up to Illegal INVASION from Mexico and other foreign countries, it is the duty of the chiefs to assist there people in achieving a better life here in America.

Respectfully,
 
November 16, 2007
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Kiotenhariyo said:

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Kanien'kehrono
Mr Dreger

You've likely never experienced the true story of North America.
It was those "Indians - or worms as you refer to" North and South of that imaginary line - that were resposible for ensuring the survival of that infectious sub-bacterium (your ancestors) that migrated to this hemisphere nearly destroying all that was. You really think you have any right to deny them passage? NO!!!!
 
November 16, 2007
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migra man said:

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Border Patrol Agent
If you are so concerned about the welfare of illegal aliens then get the country's they come from to get rid of the corruption that keeps these people from earning a living and gaining an education. If we keep giving they will keep taking, South America needs to govern its self. If you are so concerned about the welfare of these people then you take care of them, but then again your sovereign nation gets its money from the Sovereign Nation we call the U.S. that is under attack. Any aid the U.S. gives should be in fighting corruption and teaching them to govern themselves, If you feed a man a fish you feed him for a day, if you teach him to fish you feed him for a life time.
I am a Border Patrol Agent on this reservation and there is a lot of corruption out there, many tribal members smuggle illegal aliens and narcotics into the U.S. A few not most of the T.O.Rangers the local P.D. have scouted for the drug runners and have even had dope seized on there own property, they claim they don't know how it got there, many of the counsel members are corrupt or have family members tied to smuggling. Dont get me wrong I have seen many people down there that are good hard working people they just have more corruption than in most places in the U.S.
 
November 16, 2007
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Running Bear said:

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Visitors
It is easy for visitors to the Tohono O'odham lands to dictate what is right and wrong. The local Nation has suffered greatly by the great influx of people and vehicles from Mexico, throwing their trash on our sacred grounds, driving through our ancestors sacred resting place. We live in poverty and the wall will help us regain our community.
 
November 17, 2007
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Camillus Lopez said:

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Mohawks Inflamed Over Tohono O'odham Tribal Council Complicity
Going into someone else's home and rearranging their furnitue is not acceptable behavior
ofelia Rivas has NN authority to speak for the Tohono O'odham Nation. She needs to run for office and, if she gets in, then she can speak in our behalf
 
November 17, 2007
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LILY said:

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Border Partol
Government Corruption is everywhere! It's easy for the Border Patrol agent to criticize the Tohono o'Odhman Nation. What about the US Government? There is no end to the list of corruption, and crimes committed against indigeous people, all over the globe.

What about the crimes commited by the US Border Patrol
 
November 20, 2007
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Ofelia Rivas said:

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Once again this statement proves the government mindset, they can not see beyond government policies. I have more right to say anything as a traditional person. Our ceremony the only existing one is threatened by this type of mindset. I and all the traditional elders and participants of the ceremony are ask to have a passport to re-enter the United States in 2008. We have no birth records to start the process of obtaining US passports. Our so-called government has not protected the best interest of the people in their United States mandated constitution, to safeguard our way of life. Why are we living in our own territories and required to carry another Nations passport.
Ofelia Rivas
 
November 21, 2007
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Bill said:

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Citizen of the Universe
The concept of borders is nebulous. All animals have them. Dogs urinate to establish their territory and fight toothe and nail to defend it, even if that territory is supposedly some human's property that he can show a title to prove he purchased it and pays taxes on it. Whose property is it really? The human will probably prevail because he can call animal control and remove the dog. On the other hand, a pack of dogs on the same parcel might be able to overwhelm the human before he could call animal control.
In the case of the First American Nations, these nationals were there first, long before either Mexico, the Republic of Texas, Spain, France, the Confederate States of America or the United States of America. Therein lies the right to the Land.
 
November 21, 2007
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Onkwehonwe001 said:

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Indigenous
Enforce a whole region to Only buy your fish & you'll make millions!

That is a right call to, "get the country's they come from to get rid of the corruption ". Too bad the countries governments are all in on it too. Including your boss. NAFTA and other similar trade agreements create the poverty & corruption that these Refugees are Escaping.
Every border has Criminal Smugglers. The elderly are concealing contraband medication to save a buck on prescriptions. US citizens smuggle between states to avoid higher taxes on cigarettes & gas. In some cases, US citizens jeopardizing indigenous sovereignty by encouraging the state to collect use fees from the indians, rather than collect the fees from the us citizens.

Are the women, children, and men seeking a better life smuggling too? Each one that you round-up and put in a pen for a $100 a head, has some kind of contraband on their person?

Ellis Island saw Boatloads of these people; impoverished, oppressed, robbed of their rights as a human being, escaping corrupting. The only difference is no boats.. & origin.



"She needs to run for office and, if she gets in, then she can speak in our behalf"
So your a Top-down nation. A peoples who defer to their social betters i see. Well, some of us operate throught the will of the people. Nobody has to become a big chief, or head man, to have the right to speak in public. This is the 21st century after all. That campaigning you see on the TV, thats called politics. Even the US allows free speeeh, lobbying, and speaking your mind. Why should your leaders suppress it?

 
November 21, 2007
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Ofelia Rivas said:

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O'odham VOICE Against the WALL
America is built on the blood of the original peoples of these lands and stolen lands of the original people, now our own people only speak in a foreign mindset. This is your American dream of depriving your own people of PEACE and justice when they are abusing the elders right in your face and degrading your women and children of dignity. Let set these things right, politicians are not equal or have more authority then the traditional peoples of the land that uphold the true Him'dag. I have yet to see any policians sit at our table and bring genuine concern and solutions to this outright land take-over buy the federal government. Soon we will be running around with a cut head when the we totally loose all rights to our traditional lands, they will bulldoze over your graves to build thier headquaters just as they did in Sonoyta Mexico. Did the O'odham leaders protect those grave sites, no they didn't. Maria cried until last year when she died, she cried about not have no grave to visit, her mother's grave that when under the blades. The WALL is not the solution, yes some families are hurting from their drug smuggling businesses but what about our way of life. The government have created this and planned on this don't you get it. It's called Genocide...and it's here in your face.
 
November 23, 2007
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I was there. said:

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Where did the truth go.
Hmmm. I was there when these 12 people were put into a small vehicle. Let me add some of the truth to this "so called" reporters, reporting. It was a passenger van, not that small. It was 11 people loaded into the van, the 12th was taken by ambulance to the hospital, because Border Patrol Agents saved her life in the desert had they not done what they did she would most likely be feeding the buzzards. No words of incouragement were spoken to those that were detained. They were persons from Mexico that only spoke and understood spanish, you spoke no spanish, oh great truthfull reporter. I saw no raised fists, only you in your ignorant bliss trying to take pictures. You call yourself a reporter? You need to buy a dictionary and the first two words you need to look up are 1) reporter and 2) Mayan. I hope only few are educated by your ignorance.
 
November 26, 2007
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More Truth said:

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Look around.
To those who think the government is killing off the people of the T.O. Nation, I suggest you look around. See the beer bottles everywhere? Those are not from visitors or government workers. See the crosses along the side of the road? Once again not from visitors or government workers, most are from alcohol induced vehicle accidents. Look in some of the houses, feces on the floor, rotten food in the sinks, rodent infestations in piles of garbage kept on the floor. Take a good hard look at the number one killers of your people. Health issues like diabetes, and other diseases. You wanna help? Start with the real issue. Some Tohono O'ohdam live clean and sober lives, I truly enjoy talking to them and learning their culture, others lay in the middle of the road at 2 a.m. passed out from alcohol. Focus my friends focus. Stop your finger pointing in all directions and solve the problem their are many people who would help, but you first must begin to help yourself.
 
November 26, 2007
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Just me said:

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The Border Patrol stops no one from crossing.
The Border Patrol has never stopped anyone from coming over to this great country. They just stop those who come illegally. Every country has immigration policies, welcome to the modern world. If they, you, it or them want to come here, then do it the legal way and the Border Patrol will be out of a job.
 
November 28, 2007
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call me young and narrow minded said:

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tohono & akimel o'odham
NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO SPEAK FOR THE NATION...YOU SPEAK FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR OPINIONS. SURE YOU HAVE THE "RIGHT" TO SPEAK ABOUT ISSUES BUT YOU STAND ALONE WHEN YOU SPEAK. THE "WALL" WAS VOTED UPON BY THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY ILLEGAL VEHICLE TRAFFIC THAT ARE USED TO TRANSPORT DRUGS AND PEOPLE DURING ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT. FOR THE DELEGATION TO APPEAR AND CAUSE A RUCKUS WAS NOT ONLY RUDE BUT VERY DISRUPTIVE.
THE REPORTER THAT WROTE THIS ARTICLE MS. BRENDA, WHERE ARE YOUR PICTURES DEPICTING THE "WHITE HOVERING HELICOPTER" AND THE "BIA POLICE" WHAT THE HELL WE HAVE NO BIA POLICE. THERE WAS NO ONE THERE EXCEPT THE LOUD GROUP, THE CONTRACTORS, AND THE ARMED GUARDS THAT ARE THERE FOR THE CONTRACTOR'S PROTECTION. THIS GROUP SEEMS TO BE NOTHING MORE THAN THE TREE HUGGER THAT TIE THEMSELVES TO TRUNKS. FOR WHAT...I SEE THIS AS AN ATTENTION GRABBING OPPORTUNITY. BUT NOT FOR THE CAUSE, FOR THE INDIVIDUALS, THOSE THAT MADE SURE THEY WERE PHOTOGRAPHED. MIKE FLORES HAS BEEN MIA. HE BROUGHT THE GROUP TO THE NATION HELPED THEM TO THE BORDER STARTED TROUBLE AND HAS FAILED TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE BEFORE THE COUNCIL TO EXPLAIN HIMSELF AND THE REASONING BEHIND THE VERBAL ABUSE TOWARDS THE AGENTS. I'M SORRY BUT THAT TO ME LOOKS VERY AFRAID AND VERY GUILTY. THE ABUSE TOWARDS THE COUNCIL WOMAN WAS UNCALLED FOR. I TAKE HER POSITION AS PEACEMAKER. BUT NO ONE WANTED TO OPEN THEIR MIND THE HEAR ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW THEY WERE CHILD LIKE IN THEIR STUBBORNNESS AND YELLING. I DO NOT KNOW IF THEY EVEN UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS THAT WAS BEHIND THE BUILDING OF THE BARRIER. BUT THAT WAY THAT SHE IS PORTRAYED IN THIS ARTICLE IS UNCALLED FOR, THESE PEOPLE DON'T KNOW HER OR HER POSITION ON BORDER ISSUES. THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN NAME CALLING.
 
December 07, 2007
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Agnes Thatcher said:

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Why hasn't the Tohono O'odham Nation government explained why it allowed the graves of their ancestors to be dug up by Boeing for the border wall? That is not just againt federal law, it violates the natural law of all Indigenous Peoples. Why hasn't the Tohono O'odham government explained why it is allowing the fence to be built as a barrier on the traditional ceremonial route?
 
December 07, 2007
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Thomas Ferguson said:

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How sad to see so many Indian people wanting to think and act like white people. How many Indian people have died on the Tohono O'odham land because the Tohono O'odham refused to give them a drink of water? How many Tohono O'odham have gone out and searched for the women and children from Mexico and Guatemala who die there? Have you gone out to look for their bodies?
The Border Patrol Agents are a Occupying ARMY!! They have no business on Indian land. They are there to take over with the National Guard. why does that tribe allow this. The Border Patrol beats up people, rapes the women, even shoots people and some get charged and some get away with the crime.
Border Patrol is always talking about trash, but just remember the people out here see you throwing out your candy wrappers and coffee cups and blaming it on the walkers.
The spiritual and traditional O'odham people must have to be very strong to overcome their sick tribal politicians who are being controlled by the US government and their own greed and desire to be white people.
 
December 07, 2007
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Ahni said:

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Look at yoursevles before opening your mouth
You know it is really everyones problem so why all the blaming. how do we know that you the report or mike flores are not smugglers yourselves. not all of your followers or whatever they want to be called are so great either they illegally trespassed also by coming on the TO Nation and slandering this great nation. why dont they pay attention to their own lands and see what is wrong there, if you are trying to help then do it the right way and quit being childish about it...you all sound as if you all are still in high school. i have relatives who are across the border and i feel for them but i would rather take care of it in a more civilized way then how you all choose to do it. who is this brenda lady? you can say what you want because you are not facing the Nation one on one because it is so much easier to write than to go face to face with the person you are badmouthing right...i dont like border patrol but they are there to do a service. like us Native Americans there are some that are good and some that are bad and i know because i've had altercations with them too, but they arent so perfect either, who do we know that they arent the ones smuggling the drugs/aliens too...all in all there is no one that anyone can trust anymore, but yourself we just need to do all that we can for ourselves first before we wanna worry bout other peoples problems...
 
January 07, 2008
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Marty Little Crow said:

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migra man
You, as a Border guard say Our Sovergn nation gets its money from your sovergn nation? Before it was your so called nation, it was ours, we never had an immigration problem until you the white CONQUERERS came and took it. It should be known as OUR sovergn nation and if you were not here we would not need any money since our system worked and yours dont, and never will.This land is and always has been Indian land given to us by the Creator, not to you to conquer and murder to get.You want fences up, then go back to where your ancestors came from and happy building. Boats leave this contry every day for the land your people came from. Need a ticket? Let me know I can afford to buy a few to help you go back to the land the Creator accorded you. Even after all these years you still show hate and disgust for Indians why? Are you that upset that we had this great land before you and since it undoubtably was prettier then yours or you would be back home you feel you have to now corral the Hostiles? Back it up lokk at it for what it is. More land stealing, corruption, and exerting your ownership of our people.We are a proud race and we have never ran and will never run. We dont have the weapons you have to fight back, you made sure of that, but be careful my future Governmental people the time is coming that Indians will not lay down.
 
January 22, 2008
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tohono & akimel o'odham said:

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oh fearless reporter
oh fearless reporter how brave of you to stand in front of these border agents even though they might have beat and raped you as " Thomas Ferguson"
STATED. you seem a brave woman, but if you were so brave why haven't you gone to interview that tribe and do some REAL reporting? Call and make an appt., sit with the leaders and get answers, ask why this is allowed to happen, and interview the BIA POLICE, oh wait there are NONE on this Nation. where are you oh fearless reporter, oh you seem to be the only one who will stand for TRUTH, or rather the lack there of...
 
February 03, 2008
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tohono & akimel o'odham said:

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i used to be" call me young and narrow minded"
yeah that was me before
 
February 03, 2008
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Ofelia Rivas said:

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O'odham means people
The original people of these lands have been further confined.
February 25, 2008 a traditional O'odham man from the O'odham territory with two elder women passengers were stopped and restricted further travel at the Border Patrol check point exiting the occupied Tohono O'odham Nation reservation boundary.
According to new DHS restriction for O'odham, O'odham living in O'odham territory occupied by Mexico entering O'odham lands occupied by the United States are illegally entering the United States if they leave the confines of the reservation.
The O'odham did not authorized the International Border which bisected O'odham lands and communities and families. The O'odham are considered undocumented trespassers, on our own lands.
The tribal government comments were, "we announced the new policy on the radio and the newspapers."
Further restrictions are yet to be announced.
This is the real situation that the general public is ignorant of and also this does not alert the policymakers that there is something wrong. This are Universal Human Rights for Indigenous Peoples violations. As original peoples we have the right to not only exist but have the right to our way of life and the right to travel on our own lands.
The WALL is a violation of our rights, to exist as O'odham, our lands is our responsiblitity as human beings to maintain the balance of the universe, these restrictions impacted not just the O'odham but all humanity and the entire environment, all plant and animal life and the entire universe. Further restrictions will began a irreparable cycle of events, a reaction by our ancestors and nature. This a warning from our prophets, too many deaths on our lands, too many foreigners direspecting the people and the lands and our own people not following our way of life.
The border patrols are armed robots of the american government that have no right to be on O'odham lands committing O'odham Rights violations and Human Rights violations.
Killing one O'odham is one too many.
This is the REAL situation people I live in the occupied territory. I have witnessed many violations, have been arrested by the tribal police, (although there will be no record of it), I have witnesses. I have been held at gunpoint by the Border Patrol when I said I was O'odham instead of U.S. citizen or Mexican citizen. My house as well as many O'odham homes were surrounded by heavily armed, riot geared forces that entered our homes without warrants.
We are all criminals on our own homes and lands, all in the name of U.S. border protection from terrorist.

 
February 27, 2008
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Cheif Big Snake in Pants said:

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........................Yeah Yeah Yeah
ophelia , you have got some heart , i give you that. but you also have em big heap of confusion about the border and what it represents to "us" meaning that I still include you in with the O'odham.
you are the criminal in your own mind ophie.
you have acted in the oppresors behalf. you are a fraud ophie.
you always go on with "traditional this' and "I speak for the elders.."
you are a joke to everyone out here. you only have your White hippy girlfriend to back you up. oh, and a butload of illegals sympathisers.

If you knew what was really going on out here you would be LIVING out here.
but we all know you live in tucson. and rarely ever come out this way to see what WE, the O'odham People have to suffer through.
WE ask for nothing else but to live in peace and harmony with our lands and neighbors.
The mexicans that you defend so strongly have never given US our HUMAN DIGNITY and RIGHTS for the last 500 years. We wish no ill will or harm to anyone. But WE all stand for the LAW that affords EQUAL PROTECTION for ALL peoples, not just US here in our TRADITIONAL LANDS... or in your case Ophie, just for illegals( with no regard for Natives)( all the while YOU are abusing the elders minds and spirits)( just so YOU can stuff a few dollars and pesos down your panties.....enjoy it while you can...people are finding out the truth...)

OUR heavenly creator knows what is going on ....obviously you don't.
God Bless America. God Bless the O'odham People.
 
April 03, 2008
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Westwind said:

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Mexicans are NOT indigenous on OUR land and never were, neither are Mohawks in a sovereign other nation
Didn't I see this "delegation" conducting ceremonies at the sweat lodge in Sedona? Eyyyyy..The article has the familiar tone of "wannabe" activism. NDNs know what I'm sayin. Always puttin on the self-righteous mantle of speaking for NDN people, oh I am a member of warrior society...using native culture for an agenda to justify it, like that make you some kind of shaman or prophet. It impresses white people who don't know better, just like that dude from The Secret who hypnotized them like some Jonestown cult, under the supposed "legitimacy" of native stuff. It sounds real idealistic to form yourself into some group and refer to wounded knee as if that has anything to do with it. Mohawks and Lakotas if that's what they allegedly are, real Lakotas, don't buy it. They know all too well what defending your lands means. Tell Crazy Horse that the Black Hills had an "imaginary" border. Tell Geronimo that their homelands they chased the ancestors of these illegals off of when the Apaches fought the Mexicans who MURDERED his entire family and village, that the border of his lands was "imaginary." We have always had boundaries. Cherokees stay on your side of the river, Tuscaroras stay over here, and we'll all get along. Tell a wolf his territory has no "boundary." Tell the Mohawks that 12,000,000 Mexicans are gonna move into their rez and rape their grandmas and overrun their hospitals and steal from them and call them less fullblood than they are, and that they have the right to claim the Mohaw land for their own. See what the Mohawks do. These people don't speak for anyone but themselves. They don't even know what a "Maya" is, probably, doing that new ager thing assuming all Mexicans are Maya. BS. Mexicans are descended from conquistadors, blacks brought here as slaves, and tribal people only indigenous SOUTH of the border that is now called the US/Mexico. The DNA Project shows that. And that is most of who is coming through tribal land here, and that is most of the genetic makeup of South Americans, fact. This was NEVER their homeland or their ancestors, fact. Spain claimed SOuthwest lands and the Apaches and Pueblos ran them out. They had the right to. I support the tribe and have heard the issues they deal with there, it is awful. Because the US claimed their land, they have to rely on Border Patrol, who Obama now refuses to support, although he promised to uphold our sovereignty and support us. This is not about RACISM, it is about one nation of people trying to invade another illegally, same old story, just a little browner, but these are criminals knowingly breaking the law. I dont have the right to just walk into Europe and say, one of my ancestors is from here, 12 million of us are movin in. BS. I dont have the right to go to another tribe's lands and takeover. DOn't play that indigenous BS. We are the indigenous ones here and the Mexicans have historically fought with us and falsely claimed our lands and abused our borders, which are NOT imaginary. They are won with blood, from our ancestors and yes, that of whites and blacks also. Remember "Hispanics" are part European also for the most part, and the tribe is SOVEREIGN so they dont need a "mohawk" or "Navajo" arrogantly coming down there anymore than Geronimo needed weaklings like this. He was a real warrior, not just playing one.
 
May 22, 2010
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