Phoenix – Congressman Raúl Grijalva denounced this Sunday that, to build the border wall of President Donald Trump, explosions are being carried out in the Tohono O’odham Indian reservation and damaging Monument Hill, a burial site for the natives of the region, including Apache warriors.
In a video posted on his social networks, the Democratic congressman from Arizona said this week “Trump flew a sacred hill of Native Americans on public lands to build his racist wall.”
“That demonstrates the arrogance and ethnocentrism of this administration, that nobody else matters. Besides being violating constitutional responsibility, since the United States government has to consult the native nations to share information and involve them in decisions that affect them. “he said.RELATED
The Democrat explained that two of the four ceremonial sites of this Arizona reserve have already been affected, one of them considered a resting place for the Apache warriors who had fought against the O’odham, who, out of respect for their enemies, They had buried in this sacred site.
I just got back from the border. This week, Trump blew up a sacred Native American hill on public land to build his racist wall. Watch my new update and join the growing movement to stop the wall. #NoBorderWall pic.twitter.com/YgmS94vAwO
– Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) February 9, 2020
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Bureau (CBP) confirmed in a statement sent to local media that its contractor is conducting “controlled explosions” at Monument Hill, located at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a Unesco biosphere reserve .
With these blasts they prepare on the ground to build the metal fence ordered by President Trump to try to prevent the crossing of drugs and undocumented migrants along the border with Mexico.
“That region has been inhabited by people and species for millennia, and now they hope to build that wall regardless of any consequences it causes to sacred sites,” Grijalva criticized.
The congressman regretted that through a legal argument the Government is skipping “all the laws in force for the protection of sacred, burial and cultural sites”.
Since the construction of the border fence in this area began in August 2019, the teams have been cleaning a strip of land near the wall and relocating certain plants, including state saguaros, in other parts of the national park.
Grijalva mentioned that together with Tohono O’odham authorities, as well as archaeologists and officials, they toured the place where the wall is being built and noted how the sacred sites of the native villages have been damaged, as well as the natural resources, which include springs of sweet water.
He informed that he has already sent a letter to the Department of National Security of the United States (DHS) to clarify the “imminent threat” by the construction of the wall to the sacred sites of the native towns and advanced that at the end of the month they will hold a hearing in Congress to “deal with this problem.”