Tohono O’odham chairman to Congress: Trump’s wall is destroying tribal sites

Chairman Ned Norris Jr. told a Congressional subcommittee that his tribe was not formally consulted prior to blasting and bulldozing activity that damaged cultural sites.
/Submitted by Ned Norris Jr.

By Steven Hsieh | Phoenix New Times

Construction of President Trump’s border wall already has damaged cultural sites that are sacred to the Tohono O’odham Nation, including burial grounds, the tribe’s chairman said during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday.

The Tohono O’odham Nation in southern Arizona shares a 62-mile border with Mexico which splits the tribe’s ancestral territory in two, and which has become increasingly militarized in recent decades.

Among the affected areas were Monument Hill, a ceremonial and historic battle site, and Quitobaquito Springs, an important water source that tribal members visit annually as part of a salt pilgrimage. Archaeologists have found human bone fragments in both areas.

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