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Sunday, January 20, 2008

A river runs through it, solidarity and honor in South Texas

By Brenda Norrell
As the Rio Grande winds around, creating the natural border between Texas and Mexico, Homeland Security attempts to seize with power this land to build a wall. This is a region where cross-border friendship has become a binational honor. After spending two weeks riding the rails and buses through South Texas, and along its border, I came away with the understanding that South Texas is a state all its own. While the people fight in unison the land seizures by Homeland Security, a new nation of solidarity emerges. --Photo Brenda Norrell

American Indian Airwaves: Wednesday, January 23, 2008

"Cleaving Human Rights: Militarization of Indigenous Nations and the United States Apartheid System"

Margo Tamez (Lipan and Jumano Apache Nations) and Teresa Leal (Opata Mayo Nation) join us for the hour to provide an update on the continued militarization of the U.S.-Texas/Mexico border whereby on December 7th, 2007, the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) served indigenous peoples and their respective First Nations residing along the U.S.-Texas/Mexico border a 30-day notice to voluntarily allow US surveyors onto their homelands to assess the possibility of "purchasing" lands by forced relocation. The Department of Homeland Security wants to build 370 miles of security, border fencing and 300 miles of vehicle barriers by the end of this year, and Michael Chertoff, head of DHS has publicly stated that the DHS will take whatever lands it deems necessary through the power of eminent domain.
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