O'odham protest US Border Patrol disruption of sacred ceremonies July 16, 2013
By Brenda Norrell
SELLS, Arizona -- The O'odham Voice against the Wall will protest the US Border Patrol invasion of their lands, and disruption of their ceremonies on Tuesday, July 16, and Friday, July 26, 2013.
"Our message is that we as traditional O'odham are still here, carrying out the ceremonies and maintaining the balance," said Ofelia Rivas, O'odham founder of O'odham Voice against the Wall.
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.
During May and June, the Tohono O'odham government approved the 15th US spy tower on sovereign Tohono O'odham land, and the expansion of lands for US Border Patrol occupation, despite protests from O'odham human rights activists. O'odham say the elected tribal government has been coopted by the US government and is oppressing and stalking O'odham human rights activists.
Rivas said supporters are asked to join O'odham for the protest from 10 am until 2 pm on July 16 and July 26, west of Three Points on Highway 86, near the illegal Border Patrol checkpoint near the Tohono O'odham border.
Rivas said water and fresh fruit for protesters would be appreciated.
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