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Tribal leader says native lands won’t be bisected by Mexico wall

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By Lindsey Ellefson | MEDIAite

Donald Trump let it be known that he plans to move forward with his plans to build a wall on the southern border, as he promised during the campaign that led to his presidency. Two Mexican presidents have already denounced the plans, but the leaders of a Native American tribe whose reservation reaches across the border are speaking up, too.

According to The Washington Post, the Tohono O’odham Nation extends into Sonora, Mexico, where members of the tribe travel often. Their journeys to see family members, friends, and important cultural sites across the border are impeded already by border patrol agents and a steel-post fence.

Verlon Jose, the tribe’s vice chairman, was quoted as saying, “Over my dead body will a wall be built.”

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