Restoration Economy

Indigenous Religious Freedom Violations Abound at the U.S.-Mexico Border Barriers

This last year, we have palpably felt a heightened level of traumatic stress pervasive in the Indigenous communities where all three of us have worked on both sides of the international boundary. Throughout our adult lives, we have provided educational opportunities, technical assistance, and land rights advocacy strategies within the many Indigenous communities that live within 100 miles or so from the U.S.-Mexico border.

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.