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House Democrats invited the leader of the Tohono O’odham Nation to speak out against construction of the U.S.-Mexico wall, despite the tribe’s long history of cross-border drug-smuggling.
The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing Wednesday titled “Destroying Sacred Sites and Erasing Tribal Culture: The Trump Administration’s Construction of the Border Wall,” which focused on the border wall’s environmental impact.
The Caller reports that law enforcement in the area has seen criminal activity associated with the Tohono O’odham Nation, which is located around the Arizona-Mexico border. They are “notorious” for cross-border drug smuggling, the report states
The article goes on to state the following:
Plagued with unemployment and bleak economic options, many within the tribe have turned to the Sinaloa Cartel to make money. Their land has since become one of the busiest human and drug-smuggling corridors in North America. The Tohono O’odham Nation was recently featured in an ABC News investigative report for its involvement in the transnational drug trade.
Ned Norris, the chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation, was featured at the hearing.
“The federal government’s continued destruction of our religious and cultural resources [amounts to] nothing less but bulldozing of our church grounds and our cemeteries. For us, this is no different than DHS building a 30-foot wall through Arlington Cemetery or through the grounds of the National Cathedral,” Norris said.
Watch the hearing below. Norris speaks a minute mark 1:18:10 (see below).
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