Indigenous group reaffirms importance of Quitobaquito Springs amid border wall construction

Members of the Tohono O’odham Nation reaffirmed the modern relevancy of a sacred site in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument impacted by border wall construction.

A group of Tohono O’odham, Hia C-ed O’odham, Pascua Yaqui and their non-Indigenous allies gathered, Sunday, March 8, beside the pond fed by Quitobaquito Springs to discuss how building the border wall and pumping local groundwater to make cement is harming the area cherished by the local Indigenous peoples.

Marlene Vazquez is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation. She said she regularly visits Quitobaquito Springs, but she’s seen the landscape change to the recent changes.