Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 30, 2021

First Voices Radio: Ofelia Rivas, Founder of O'odham Voice Against the Wall

First Voices Radio
Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota, Cheyenne River Lakota Nation

Ofelia Rivas, the founder of O'odham Voice Against the Wall, shares the struggle for rights and survival on the so-called border. "We do have people on both sides of the border," Ofelia said, describing the dire situation for O'odham who live on the south side of the border. She said all the plants and animals are being affected by the waiver of federal environmental protection laws. Ofelia said the location of graves of the First Nation children at residential schools has impacted everyone. She also spoke of the Yoeme (Yaqui) who were assassinated in Sonora, Mexico, in May and June, who spoke out for water rights, and served the Vicam Traditional Elders.

“First Voices Radio,” Wednesday, June 30, 2021 -- 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time on WIOX 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY. Streaming at and on Tune In (see below for other time zones).

Ofelia Rivas is our guest for the full hour. She is an elder and activist from the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Founder of O'odham Voice Against the Wall. Ofelia will have a new website online soon: (Photo by Brenda Norrell, Censored News)

Listen locally to WIOX at 91.3 FM. Streaming live at (2-3 pm Atlantic / 1-2 pm Eastern / Noon-1pm Central / 11am-Noon Mountain /10-11am Pacific / 9-10 am Alaska / 7-8 am Hawai’i)

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