Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

July 16, 2013

Photo: O'odham protest Border Patrol desecration of O'odham ceremonies

TODAY: O'odham Voice against the Wall protested US Border Patrol desecration of ceremonies

The second protest against the US Border Patrol received support from those passing by on Friday, July 26, 2013. The third protest will be held in Why, Arizona, near the Border Patrol sttaion in the region of Ajo, on Aug. 2.

Article by Brenda Norrell
Photo copyright O'odham Voice against the Wall
July 16, 2013

SELLS, Arizona -- Tohono O'odham demanded an end to the desecration of their ceremonies, and the invasion and militarization of their homeland by the US Border Patrol during a protest today at the eastern edge of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

The protest was organized by the O'odham Voice against the wall. Founder Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, said, "Our message is that we as traditional O'odham are still here, carrying out the ceremonies and maintaining the balance. During this time of O'odham ceremonies, traditional O'odham are demanding a halt to the interference of O'odham ceremonies by US Border Patrol agents.

Rivas said traditional O'odham said there should be no US Border Patrol interference with the ceremonial O'odham deer hunt, including helicopter flyovers by the US Border Patrol and other immigration agents. O'odham are demanding a halt to the spotlighting by US Border Patrol agents during their ceremonies, Rivas told Censored News.

O'odham Voice against the Wall will protest the Border Patrol again on July 26, 2013.


raQ-it said...

Thanks to our Tohono O'odham activists and thanks for this news, Brenda. Are outside allies welcome at the July 26th protest, and if so, can you post pertinent details?

Censored News, publisher Brenda Norrell said...

Hi, Thanks for comment! I've forwarded your message to the organizers and will have an update later. Thanks again.