SAN MIGUEL, TOHONO O’ODHAM NATION — Mike Wilson, Tohono O’odham, said the US Border Patrol shot two Tohono O’odham at the border, one in the face. The Border Patrol claims O’odham side-swiped its vehicle in San Miguel, “The Gate,” on Tohono O’odham land at the US Mexico border.
However, Wilson points out in the video below that the Tohono O’odham government, Tohono O’odham police, and US Border Patrol can not be trusted.
Wilson said that neither the Tohono O’odham government nor police have taken steps to ensure the safety of O’odham when faced with the US Border Patrol. He said these human rights violations by the US Border Patrol inflicted on O’odham have been going on for more than 10 years and the Tohono O’odham Nation has done nothing to halt this.
Further, Wilson expresses his concern over the Tohono O’odham Nation government’s efforts to disable the new district of Hia-Ced on the western portion of the Tohono O’odham Nation near Ajo, Arizona. He said even though the Tohono O’odham Nation initially approved of the new district, it is now doing everything in its power to ensure that the new district fails.
Wilson has put out water for years for migrants, over the objections of the Tohono O’odham government, and his life-saving water containers were vandalized. Wilson’s water stations have been in the area of the Tohono O’odham Nation with one of the highest rates of death. Wilson has also aided humanitarian groups searching for the bodies of missing migrants on the Tohono O’odham Nation.
Meanwhile, the Tohono O’odham Nation has been able to control and silence much of the mainstream media. The Tohono O’odham police have threatened and stalked O’odham human rights activists to silence them.
Now, the US Homeland Security has given the US southern border contract to an Israeli company, Elbit Systems, which is also responsible for Apartheid security surrounding Palestine. Elbit Systems now has the contract to construct US spy towers on Tohono O’odham land. Read article at Censored News:
The Tohono O’odham Legislative Council approved the construction of the 15th spy tower on sovereign O’odham land, according to the May 7, 2013 resolution, despite O’odham protests over the militarization of their lands. Read article at Censored News:
While most Tohono O’odham live in desperation for jobs and housing, and even clean water and food, the Tohono O’odham Nation spent $1.4 million on casino lobbyists in 2013. The Desert Diamond Casino continued to funnel profits to non-Indians:
Below: The Tohono O’odham Legislative Council’s resolution regarding removal hearing of Hia-Ced District officials, to be held April 15-17, 2014.