Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

July 24, 2012

PHOTOS: New Federal Police on Sovereign Tohono O'odham Land

New federal police on sovereign Tohono O'odham land: 'It is a police state'
By Brenda Norrell
Copyright Censored News

SELLS, Arizona -- A new federal police vehicle of the Bureau of Indian Affairs was seen on the sovereign Tohono O'odham land making a traffic stops this week.

"I'm wondering who is behind the tinted windows. Are they O'odham or non-O'odham," said an O'odham member. "Many of our tribal police are non-O'odham and do not know about our culture. They can not communicate with our people who are non-English speakers, and don't understand about the sacredness of Tohono O'odham land."

"O'odham living on our land do not know who these new federal police are, with these new vehicles."

"The land is over-run by Immigration, Customs, Enforcement (ICE,) US Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security, tribal police, tribal rangers and now the BIA federal police."

"We have all this enforcement on Tohono O'odham land and innocent people get harassed, innocent people get pulled over and held at gunpoint. It is a police state."

"The abuse of sovereignty now extends to our own people. Tribal police are coopted by Homeland Security and carry out their abuse," the O'odham member said.

Also see:
Amnesty International: O'odham expose Border Patrol abuse
In Hostile Terrain: Human Rights Violations in Immigration Enforcement the US Southwest

PBS exposes torture, sexual abuse and pouring out life-saving water in the desert. Watch video now:

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