Native American burial site blasted for US Mexico border wall

Native American burial site blasted for US Mexico border wall


Lawmakers are accusing construction workers of blowing up Native American burial sites to make way for the US-Mexico border wall The “controlled blasting” is being done in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona The construction team has only been following the government’s orders However, the US government reportedly did not discuss the move with the Tohono O’odham Nation before beginning construction In 1976, the United Nations recognized Organ Pipe as an International Biosphere Reserve A biosphere reserve is an ecosystem that promotes conserving and sustaining biodiversity The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was recognized for being a well-preserved Sonoran desert ecosystem It is also a sacred site to numerous tribes, including the Tohono O’odham Nation Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva believes the blasting of the monument is a sacrilegious act Grijalva is the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources and congressman of an affected district People of the Tohono O’odham Nation are said to have buried the rival Apache tribe’s warriors in Organ Pipe One of the areas even held 10,000-year-old artifacts Grijalva said Monument Hill became an example of “opposing tribes who were respectfully laid to rest” Surprisingly, what is currently happening is legal US President Donald Trump used the 2005 REAL ID Act to waive the Native American Graves Protection Act to build the border wall The 2005 REAL ID Act allows the federal government to waive laws in conflict with the country’s national security policy The US-Mexico border wall is expected to destroy around 22 archeological sites in Organ Pipe However, Organ Pipe is only one of the many protected sites that have been sacrificed by the White House The White House has also waived laws protecting other sites and endangered species Aside from the damage being done to its memory, Organ Pipe is also suffering environmentally Dynamite is destroying the local underground aquifer and migrating wildlife are being affected by the blasts Ancient saguaro cacti have been destroyed; this is notable because the tribe believe the cacti embody their ancestors Ned Norris Jr., the tribe’s chairman, said that it is their tribe’s obligation to protect their ancestors The destruction of Organ Pipe will allow the construction of a steel barrier measuring 30 feet tall and 43 miles wide Trump has been promising his supporters a border wall since his 2016 campaign for president He declared in February 2019 that he would use Pentagon funding to build a wall on the US-Mexico border He said that the country was experiencing a national emergency because Americans were in danger Trump argued that border security in the South wasn’t working, leading to immigrants sneaking into the US Early this year, the US government announced that it had already built 100 miles of a new border wall The US is currently home to 4.5 million Alaska Natives and Native Americans Grijalva said that he wants to repeal the 2005 REAL ID Act this year

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