By Brenda Norrell
The Indigenous Border Summit of the Americas 2007 will be held Nov. 7 --10, 2007 at the San Xavier Distrct on the Tohono O'odham Nation.
By Brenda Norrell
SAN XAVIER, Ariz. -- The Indigenous Border Summit of the Americas will be held at San Xavier District on the Tohono O'odham Nation near Tucson, November 7 -- 10, 2007, Wednesday through Saturday.
Opposition to the militarization of the borders in Indigenous territories, including the US/Mexico border wall and the United States spying on private citizens, is a focus of the summit.
The foundation of the discussion will be the sacred duty to protect Mother Earth.
Indigenous rights of passage, Indigenous deaths in the borderzone and the universal rights of Indigenous Peoples will be discussed.
The United States' new border crossing requirements will be on the agenda, with Indigenous pressing for the recognition of tribal identification cards, as opposed to U.S. passports, for American Indian tribal members.
Land and water rights and human rights in the Americas will be the focus of sessions.
Special invitations are extended to the spiritual leaders, chiefs, tribal leaders and other Indigenous Peoples from Alaska, Canada, Central America and South America.
The first planning session for this year's summit was held on Friday, August 31, with Tohono O'odham from Arizona, O'odham from Mexico, Salt River Pima, Navajo and Hopi/Pueblo tribal members attending.
Tohono O’odham Mike Flores is organizing the summit.
The San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation passed a resolution on July 10, 2007 to host the summit again this year.
Points of Discussion: Human rights/Humanitarian aid; Know your rights workshop; Militarization/Surveillance on border; Political prisoners/Detention centers; Environment/Lands territories, natural resources; Women and the border; Traditional mobility/Immigration. There will also be a concert at San Xavier.
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Photos of the planning session by Brenda Norrell. More photos: