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Rep. Grijalva Comes to Defense of Tohono O’odham Nation in Its Opposition of Border Wall Through its Reservation

Just after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, the Tohono O’odham Nation, with tribal lands in Arizona that run 62-miles along the southern border of the United States and the northern border of Mexico, voiced its opposition to the border wall being constructed on its tribal lands.

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7/30/2020

article Tohono O'odham Nation hopes COVID-19 curve is flattening following spike
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham government reported Wednesday it has five times the number of tribal members testing positive for COVID-19 than it did in early June...

6/23/2020

article JCM Global® Chooses Analog Way’s Aquilon C+ to Drive Three Rooms of Displays at New Desert Diamond West Valley Casino
(Arizona) -- JCM Global® and Analog Way have partnered to bring cutting-edge LED video displays to casinos across the country, the latest being the new Desert...

6/20/2020

article Desert Diamond temporarily closes Ajo location after employee tests positive for COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Desert Diamond’s Ajo location will close after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Saturday, June 20. The location will...

6/11/2020

article Casino reopens as COVID cases climb
(Arizona) -- The Desert Diamond Casino West Valley reopened June 5—cautiously. Like a wise gambler, Desert Diamond didn’t rush to go “all in”...

6/10/2020

article Casino emphasizes safety as it reopens
(Arizona) -- “All reports are that it went quite well,” Matt Smith, a Desert Diamond Casino West Valley spokesman, said of the June 5 reopening. Desert...

6/9/2020

article Casino reopens as COVID-19 cases rise
(Arizona) -- The Desert Diamond Casino West Valley reopened June 5—cautiously. Like a wise gambler, Desert Diamond didn’t rush to go “all in”...

6/4/2020

article New safety measures in place at Desert Diamond Casinos, reopens Friday
(Arizona) -- Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment prepares to welcome guests back with new safety precautions. Desert Diamond will be reopening its doors at 1 p.m...

6/3/2020

article Tucson casino prepares to welcome players as another opens its doors
(Arizona) -- Desert Diamond Casinos previewed what operations will look like as Casino del Sol opened its doors Wednesday following coronavirus closures that lasted for...

5/29/2020

article Desert Diamond Casino West Valley to reopen June 5
(Arizona) -- The West Valley’s biggest entertainment center is preparing to reopen. The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) will reopen Desert Diamond...

5/26/2020

article Desert Diamond Puts Safety First for June 5 Reopening
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) will resume gaming operations on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at all four of its Desert Diamond Casinos...
article Here's when Desert Diamond Casino West Valley will reopen after COVID-19 closure
(Arizona) -- The new Desert Diamond Casino West Valley will reopen, with some restrictions, on June 5 after closing in March due to COVID-19. The casino, which had just...

5/25/2020

article Desert Diamond casinos are reopening June 5
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise will resume gaming operations at 1 p.m. Friday, June 5 at all four of its Desert Diamond Casinos near Glendale,...
article Desert Diamond Casinos set to resume gaming operations June 5
(Arizona) -- As more casinos begin to open across Arizona, the Tohono O'odham Gaming Enterprise announced that all four Desert Diamond Casinos across the state will...

4/16/2020

article Tohono O'odham Community College dropping men's and women's basketball, will focus on cross country
(Arizona) -- Tohono O'odham Community College is dropping its men's and women's basketball programs and will focus its resources on cross country and student...

4/10/2020

article Tribal leaders on Tohono O'odham Nation say they're weeks away from needing Federal Help
(Arizona) -- "If we don't get some relief within the next two or three weeks, then it's going to be a very detriment to our continued ability to provide to...

4/7/2020

article Downtown Dispensary donates 400 masks to Tohono O’odham Nation
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Indian reservation has also been hit with several cases of the coronavirus. The tribal chairman Ned Norris was grateful to pick up...

4/2/2020

article Desert Diamond Casinos postpones May shows
(Arizona) -- The Desert Diamond Casino in Sahuarita is postponing its May Diamond Center shows because of the COVID-19 virus.

4/1/2020

article Stay-at-home order issued for Tohono O'odham Nation
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation in southern Arizona is now under a stay-at-home order, just days after a statewide declaration from Gov. Doug Ducey. Tohono O...

3/31/2020

article Tohono O'odham Nation rules aim to slow the spread of COVID-19
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation announced several ways it hopes to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including a stay-at-home order, a curfew and a...

3/29/2020

article Tohono O’odham Nation confirms tribal member tests positive for COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Tohono O’odham Nation Health Care has confirmed a tribal member who lives in Tucson has tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday. This is the first COVID-...

3/28/2020

article Desert Diamond to keep casinos in Tucson, state closed into April
(Arizona) -- The temporary closure of all four Desert Diamond casinos will stay in place until at least April 23, officials said Saturday. The Tohono O’odham...

3/27/2020

article Desert Diamond Casinos extending suspension of operations to help public health efforts
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Gaming Enterprise Management Board took action Friday to extend the suspension of operations at its casinos through April 23 due to...

3/26/2020

article DDC West Valley in ‘hold em’ mode, closes temporarily
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation is not rolling the dice with public health. The Nation and the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) temporarily...

3/18/2020

article Desert Diamond Casino suspends gaming operations at all 4 properties
(Arizona) -- Desert Diamond Casino properties in Tucson, Sahuarita, Ajo and West Valley will suspend all gaming operations at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday to help slow down the...

3/13/2020

article Indigenous group reaffirms importance of Quitobaquito Springs amid border wall construction
(Arizona) -- 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...

3/2/2020

article Tohono O’odham Leader Responds To Negative Gosar Post
(Arizona) -- A member of the Tohono O'odham Nation who ran for political office in the district that includes southern Yuma County spoke out against an online post...

2/28/2020

article Native American leader denounces destruction of sacred sites for border wall construction
(Washington D.C.) -- The head of the Native American Tohono O'odham tribe from Arizona on Wednesday denounced the federal government for blasting and bulldozing...
article Sacred Saguaro Cactus Being Destroyed in Border Wall Construction
(Arizona) -- Saguaro cactus, which can live up to 200 years, are being felled to make way for President Trump's border wall in Arizona, prompting outrage from...

2/27/2020

article AZ tribal leader decries border wall construction: ‘That area is home to our ancestors’
(Washington D.C.) -- The chairman of the Tohono O’Odham Nation of Arizona, a tribe whose ancestral homeland spans the U.S.-Mexican border, choked back tears...
article Tohono O’odham Chairman to Congress: Trump's Wall Is Destroying Tribal Sites
(Washington D.C.) -- Construction of President Trump's border wall already has damaged cultural sites that are sacred to the Tohono O'odham Nation, including...

2/25/2020

article Tohono O'odham chairman to testify as U.S. blows up burial place today
(Washington D.C.) -- Tohono O'odham Chairman Ned Norris, Jr., will testify before a Congressional hearing on the destruction of sacred sites today, Wednesday, at 2...

2/20/2020

article New Tucson Museum of Art exhibit explores Tohono O'odham lands on both sides of the border
(Arizona) -- Through poetry and photography, a new exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art will take you on a journey through traditional territories of the Tohono O'...

2/18/2020

article President Trump blows up Native American grave site for his border wall
(Arizona) -- Construction crews building US President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico are blowing up a mountain in Arizona that contains Native American...

2/17/2020

article New Desert Diamond Casino West Valley to open on Wednesday night
(Arizona) -- Valley residents will have a brand new place to roll the dice on their luck as Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment will open its new venue on Wednesday...
article Tohono O'odham Nation says Pentagon failed to consult on border wall construction
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation, a Native American tribe in southern Arizona opposed to the building of a border wall that could imperil wildlife and...

2/15/2020

article Tohono O’odham nation celebrates success of Baboquivari b-ball
(Arizona) -- The Baboquivari girls basketball team is gunning for its 3rd trip to state championship game in last three years. The team's success is uniting members...

2/13/2020

article $400 million casino ready to roll
(Arizona) -- It was 2 p.m. last Thursday, just a regular day of the week. Desert Diamond West Valley Casino’s parking lot was flush, so to speak. Cars were circling and...

2/8/2020

article Donald Trump’s Border Wall Threatens an Area Sacred to Tohono O’odham Native Americans
(Arizona) -- Protected land inside a national monument area in southern Arizona is reportedly being blown up by the Trump administration as part of construction in the...

1/29/2020

article Bank robber uses stolen dyed bills at Glendale casino
(Arizona) -- A Peoria man is accused of robbing a Glendale bank and then using the bills at a casino despite their dyed appearance. Richie Steven Hayes, 51, of Peoria,...

1/28/2020

article See the latest photos of the new Desert Diamond Casino West Valley opening Feb. 19
(Arizona) -- More than 1,100 silent slot machines with colorful displays sit beside dozens of blackjack and poker tables still covered in shrink wrap, lining the floor...

1/26/2020

article United States Destroying O'odham Graves for Arizona Border Wall
(Arizona) -- Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, describes the destruction to O'odham lands, as the United States government and its contractors destroy burial places...

1/23/2020

article Fry Bread House: Founded by members of the Tohono O’odham Nation, this one-room joint's James Beard–winning fry bread is light as a cloud.
(Arizona) -- In 1992, Cecelia Miller, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, opened a restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona. The shop was humble, a one-room eatery filled...

1/20/2020

article Tohono O'odham historic sites at risk as border wall construction advances in Arizona
(Arizona) -- The leader of the Tohono O'odham Nation is once again vowing to fight against the construction of new border fencing along their ancestral lands in...

1/13/2020

article Rep. Grijalva Comes to Defense of Tohono O’odham Nation in Its Opposition of Border Wall Through its Reservation
(Arizona) -- Just after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, the Tohono O’odham Nation, with tribal lands in Arizona that run 62-miles along the...

12/6/2019

article OP/ED: Ajo, Arizona, is the story of a better America
(Arizona) -- Take a walk through the oasis of green grass and palm trees in the central plaza of the tiny Sonoran Desert town of Ajo in southwest Arizona. You're...

11/18/2019

press release Desert Diamond Casino West Valley Expansion Project Implements InvoTech Uniform System
(Arizona) -- InvoTech Systems is the leading provider of advanced Linen Management, Laundry and Uniform Systems that integrate the latest RFID technology to increase...

10/11/2019

article Border Wall Construction In Arizona Bulldozes Cactus Columns
(Arizona) -- President Trump's border wall is going up between Arizona and Mexico, and it's generating controversy because of its proximity to the Organ Pipe...

10/5/2019

article Tohono O'Odham Community College enrolls 459 undergrads
(Arizona) -- At Tohono O'Odham Community College, 60 percent of undergraduate students are nontraditional students - age 25 or older - and 63 percent are female,...

9/28/2019

article Border wall could destroy natural wildlife refuge in southern Arizona, environmentalist says
(Arizona) -- There are four endangered species found in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a 500-mile federal natural reserve in southwest Arizona, which is marked by...

9/17/2019

article Border fence construction could destroy archaeological sites, National Park Service finds
(Arizona) -- Bulldozers and excavators rushing to install President Trump’s border barrier could damage or destroy up to 22 archaeological sites within Arizona...

9/14/2019

article 450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
(Arizona) -- On a dirt road past rows of date trees, just feet from a dry section of Colorado River, a small construction crew is putting up a towering border wall that...

9/12/2019

article Border Wall Construction Under Way in Arizona
(Arizona) -- On a dirt road past rows of date trees, just feet from the dry bed of Colorado River, a small construction crew is putting up a towering border wall that...

9/4/2019

article Tohono O’odham Invaded By Border Patrol & Israeli Surveillance Tech
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham nation sits on the US-Mexico border. Tribal member, activist, and scholar Nellie Jo David describes the threats to the Native...
article US Border Patrol and Elbit Systems Are Putting A Native American Reservation Under "Persisten Surveillance"
(Arizona) -- This week on Act Out!, we discuss U.S. Border Patrol and Israeli Elbit Systems plans to build a mass surveillance outfit on Indigenous lands, the Trump...

8/25/2019

article The U.S. Border Patrol and an Israeli Military Contractor Are Putting a Native American Reservation Under “Persistent Surveillance”
(Arizona) -- On the southwestern end of the Tohono O’odham Nation’s reservation, roughly 1 mile from a barbed-wire barricade marking Arizona’s border...

8/19/2019

article 3 organizations that serve Tohono O'odham Nation receive a total of $150,000
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise recently presented checks to three organizations that serve the Tohono O’odham Nation. The total of $150,...

8/18/2019

article Western Women: Maria Chona was Tohono O'odham cook, basket weaver
(Arizona) -- When Maria Chona was born in Mesquite Root sometime around 1845, her birthplace on the Tohono O’odham reservation was not yet part of the United...

7/12/2019

article Ancient Tohono O’odham custom of saguaro fruit harvesting kept alive
(Arizona) -- Tanisha Tucker has a lot of work to do before the monsoons start. Tucker, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, carries on the ancient custom of...

7/1/2019

article Arizona sheriff says cartels smuggling people and drugs through Native American reservation
(Arizona) -- An Arizona sheriff revealed a major loophole that he said is allowing Mexican cartels to smuggle drugs and people into the United States "left and...

6/29/2019

article How a Native American reservation became entangled in the border crisis
(Arizona) -- When President Trump proposed a barrier along the southern border with Mexico, a Tohono O’odham elder famously declared that the tribe did not...

6/27/2019

article Sun City FMD continues agreement for casino runs
(Arizona) -- Sun City Fire and Medical Department will continue to answer calls to the Desert Diamond West Valley Resort and receive compensation for it. The Sun City...

6/26/2019

article Man sentenced for assaulting pregnant Tohono O'odham woman with hammer
(Arizona) -- A Sells man was sentenced to more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to attacking a pregnant woman with a hammer in 2017, officials said.

6/25/2019

article 'Better late than never,' says onlooker as Santa Cruz River lives again
(Arizona) -- As water gushed out of a nearby culvert, University of Arizona student Axel Golden pointed to a Tucson Water banner that was unfurled on the bank of a newly...

5/29/2019

article Tohono O'odham election flips tribal control, again: Ned Norris is back
(Arizona) -- The new chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation will be the same as an old chair: Ned Norris Jr. will again take the top elected post of the tribe,...

5/17/2019

article Stunning landscape of tribal nation on US-Mexico border hides dark reality
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation, the third largest Native American reservation in the U.S., has become one of the busiest drug and human smuggling corridors...

5/16/2019

article Tohono O'odham Nation Celebrates High Schoolers Heading to College
(Arizona) -- The majority of Baboquivari High School's class of 2019 announced their college choices to the community Friday during a college signing ceremony....

5/9/2019

article Arizona tribe refuses Trump's wall, but agrees to let Border Patrol build virtual barrier
(Arizona) -- Verlon Jose had long vowed President Trump would build a wall along his tribe’s 75-mile border with Mexico only “over my dead body.

4/26/2019

article Tohono O'odham Nation Establishes Youth Conservation Group
(Arizona) -- As the city of Tucson decreases its recycling program, the Tohono O'odham Nation is increasing its efforts to teach eco-friendly practices through the...

4/25/2019

article An Indigenous Community Finds its Agricultural Roots in Tucson’s San Xavier Farm
(Arizona) -- In a quiet part of Tucson, Arizona, only a few miles southwest of the city center, the San Xavier Cooperative Farm honors the agricultural legacy of the...

4/10/2019

press release Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Opt for Park Assist PGS
(Arizona) -- Park Assist has been awarded the Parking Guidance System (PGS) contract for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino located in Glendale, Arizona.

3/21/2019

article Tohono O'odham task force seize over 43,000 fentanyl pills from cartel
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation Police and NATIVE High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force have seized over 43,000 fentanyl pills from the...

2/21/2019

article Flashing back to Tohono O’Odham Rodeo
(Arizona) -- The Fiesta De Los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo is gearing up for its final weekend of 2019. And while it’s one of the most well-known rodeos in the area, it...

1/17/2019

article 'We are homeland security': Tohono O'odham Nation demands role in border talks
(Washington D.C.) -- As the record-breaking shutdown continues to wreak havoc on Indian Country, one tribe is still trying to engage with the politician whose demand for...

1/16/2019

article Tohono O'odham Officials Argue Against Border Wall
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation shares a 62-mile border with Mexico, and leaders say building a wall will not enhance border security. "Our longstanding...

1/13/2019

article At US-Mexico border, a tribal nation fights wall that would divide them
(Arizona) -- The Native American tribe Tohono o’odham in Arizona has a significant stake in the ongoing conflict in Congress about whether to fund President Trump...

12/7/2018

article Discovering My Tohono O'odham Culture Saved My Life — So I'm Helping Other Youth Do the Same
(Arizona) -- It’s 10 p.m. in Tucson, Arizona. Kendrick Lamar’s “Sing About Me” is blaring through my headphones while I watch raindrops run down the window. The plane...

12/5/2018

article Tohono O’odham Nation's fight for representation in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Native Americans have lived on the land we know today as Arizona for hundreds of years before the first European settlers arrived. Now, 22 tribal nations...

11/30/2018

article Trump OKs disaster declaration for Tohono O'odham Nation
(Arizona) -- President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for a southern Arizona tribe affected by severe flooding. Heavy rainfall had threatened an...

10/22/2018

article Not on Our Land: Arizona Tribe Fears Trump Border Wall Will Ruin Their Culture
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham nation in the US state of Arizona is against the Trump administration’s plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

10/17/2018

article Arizona Tribe Lifts Evacuation Notice 2 Weeks After Storm
(Arizona) -- A Native American tribe in southern Arizona has finally lifted an evacuation notice two weeks after heavy rainfall threatened a 22-foot-high (6.70 meters)...

10/6/2018

article Tribe: Structural engineers keeping watch on earthen dam
(Arizona) -- A Native American tribe in southern Arizona says structural engineers are keeping an eye on an earthen dam that so far has remained intact despite concern...
article Flood recovery efforts continue in Tohono O'odham Nation
(Arizona) -- Days after torrential downpours in western Pima County, evacuees from the Tohono O'odham Nation are still away from their homes. Tribal officials say...
press release Update on Flooding Recovery Efforts on Tohono O'odham Nation
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation is in the process of assessing damage from the flooding earlier this week which impacted multiple communities. Evacuees from...

10/4/2018

article Water levels drop, but tribal officials remain concerned Arizona dam could fail
(Arizona) -- Less than a day after officials worried that a dam on the Tohono O’odham Nation would overflow into a community because of heavy rain and flooding...

10/3/2018

article Tribe is concerned about Arizona dam’s integrity
(Arizona) -- Authorities still are concerned about the integrity of a 22-foot-high earthen dam in southern Arizona that was at risk of failing and flooding a small...

9/14/2018

article Trump’s Border Wall Obsession Is a Threat to the Southwest Border Region
(Arizona) -- Given all the false rhetoric and rage that drive President Trump’s fixation on building his border wall, it’s critically important to step back...

8/2/2018

article Story spreads of Tohono O'odham brothers' arrest, deportation after using tribal border gate
(Arizona) -- Joaquin Estevan belonged on both sides. He moved freely across the border, splitting his time between the United States and his tiny tribal village in...

7/12/2018

article Tribal Politics: Indivisible Tohono Advocates for Native American Issues
(Arizona) -- When President Trump was elected almost two years ago, a wave of uncertainty overcame the Tohono O'odham Nation. The president's push to build a...

7/9/2018

article Glendale City Council sells Tohono O’odham Nation 11 acres for $3.1M
(Arizona) -- In Arizona, a June 26 meeting of the Glendale City Council saw the unanimous approval of the purchase of a nearly 11-acre parcel of land located near the...

7/7/2018

article Tohono O'odham Nation acquires land next to casino but won't use it for gaming
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation is expanding the footprint around its once controversial casino in Arizona. The tribe just acquired an 11-acre parcel adjacent...

6/17/2018

article 'Justice needs to be done': Mom of man in video showing Border Patrol SUV strike him
(Arizona) -- The mother of the man who recorded video of a Border Patrol vehicle apparently hitting him and then driving away while he was still on the ground has called...
article Tohono O'odham Leaders See Relationship Improving with Federal Law Enforcement
(Arizona) -- Fencing and infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico border divide the Tohono O'odham Nation, whose lands span both countries. It puts some of the problems...
article Video Shows Border Patrol SUV Hitting Native American Man, Then Driving Away
(Arizona) -- Tensions flared on Friday between federal authorities in Arizona and residents of a Native American reservation straddling the border with Mexico after a...

6/16/2018

article 'Disturbing' video shows Border Patrol strike tribe member with SUV, drive away
(Arizona) -- A tribal nation in Arizona that has been resisting the Trump administration’s plans to build a border wall through its territory says it is investigating a...
article Border Patrol investigating agent who ran down Native American protestor and drove away
(Arizona) -- Officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection are investigating an agent video who ran down a native American protestor with his SUV and drove away,...
article Border Patrol vehicle strikes Native American, drives away: report
(Arizona) -- U.S. Border Patrol officials have opened an investigation after video surfaced showing an agency vehicle striking a man on a Native American reservation in...
article Video shows Border Patrol SUV running over man on Tohono O'odham Nation
(Arizona) -- A video uploaded to social media on Thursday shows a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle apparently striking a man recording the video on the Tohono O'odham...

6/15/2018

article 'They ran me over, bro': Tohono O'odham Nation investigates Border Patrol incident
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation has opened a criminal investigation after one of its citizens was struck by a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle in Arizona.
article Video Shows Border Patrol Allegedly Running Over Native American Man on Reservation
(Arizona) -- A video uploaded to Facebook on Thursday evening shows a Border Patrol vehicle allegedly running over a Native American man on the Tohono O’odham...
article Video Shows Border Patrol Vehicle Hitting Native American Man, Then Driving Away
(Arizona) -- Tensions flared on Friday between federal authorities in Arizona and residents of a Native American reservation straddling the border with Mexico after a...

6/12/2018

article Chicanos Por La Causa recognizes Tucson leaders at 38th anniversary dinner
(Arizona) -- One of Arizona's longest running non profit organization is honoring a group of local community leaders from the Tucson area this Thursday at the Desert...

5/29/2018

article OP/ED: A Cosmic Legal Collision: The Engineer vs. the Border Patrol
(Arizona) -- For a quarter of a century, Terry Bressi, staff member and chief engineer for the Spacewatch Project at the University of Arizona’s Lunar &...

5/27/2018

article 'Game changer:' Brush-on liquid allows kids to avoid anguish of dental drill
(Arizona) -- Five-year-old Ivanna Chavez has a cavity and she is terrified.The small, bespectacled girl shrinks behind her mother as they walk into the El Rio Community...

5/9/2018

article Wall Would Affect Endangered Species
(Arizona) -- Recently released federal documents show President Donald Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would have adverse impacts on...

5/7/2018

article This State’s National Guard Has Been Quietly Battling Cartels On The US-Mexico Border For Decades
(Arizona) -- Months before the Trump administration called for Guardsmen to be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border, an Arizona Air National Guard plane flew toward a...

5/4/2018

article Living off the land with the Tohono O’odham tribe
(Arizona) -- What tastes like a mix between an asparagus and artichoke, has about the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk and is found in the Sonoran Desert?...

4/12/2018

article Tohono O’odham Nation Leaders to Border Patrol: “No National Guard on Their Tribal Lands”
(Arizona) -- In a statement to tribal citizens of the Tohono O’odham dated April 9, 2018, the tribe’s leaders assured its citizens that National Guard troops...

3/26/2018

article How the U.S.-Mexico border has split the Tohono O’odham tribe
(Arizona) -- If you’re driving the 70 miles from Tucson to Sells, Arizona, you might want to stop for a break at the Sells grocery store. It looks a lot like any...

3/21/2018

article Telling Tales: The Tohono O’odham Nation
(Arizona) -- A retelling of an ancient Native American story from the Tohono O’odham Nation, whose traditional lands straddle the border between the United States...

3/20/2018

article Interior Secretary Zinke visits Arizona borderlands to talk up Trump’s wall
(Arizona) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke – arriving on horseback in full cowboy gear – met last weekend with law enforcement and local officials to tout...

3/19/2018

article How the U.S.-Mexico border has split the Tohono O’odham
(Arizona) -- If you’re driving the 70 miles from Tucson to Sells, Arizona, you might want to stop for a break at the Sells grocery store. It looks a lot like any...
article ANALYSIS: How the U.S.-Mexico border has split the Tohono O’odham
(Arizona) -- If you’re driving the 70 miles from Tucson to Sells, Arizona, you might want to stop for a break at the Sells grocery store. It looks a lot like any...
article Tribe clashes with Zinke on need for Mexican border wall
(Arizona) -- A Native American tribal leader whose territory straddles the Arizona-Mexico border is criticizing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for his suggestion that...

3/18/2018

article Interior Department Boss Visits Border Wall
(Arizona) -- U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke: “Our country’s made of immigrants, so we have to have a policy that’s fair, that’s...
article Zinke Tours Border, Meets Tohono O’odham Leaders
(Arizona) -- On Saturday, US Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, toured the Arizona border. Zinke viewed parts of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge on horseback....

3/5/2018

article Shotgun Slaying of Woman Spotlights Gang Problems on Tohono O'odham Nation
(Arizona) -- When the truck pulled up, the three tribal members would have known there would be trouble as they walked between their homes on a morning last November in...

2/25/2018

article 'This country has been violated': Trump's wall ignites tensions in Arizona – video
(Arizona) -- As Donald Trump seeks congressional support for his border wall, the Guardian's Paul Lewis meets Joe Arpaio, the controversial Arizona sheriff recently...

2/13/2018

article A Day at the Tohono O'odham Rodeo and Fair
(Arizona) -- The Tucson Rodeo starts Saturday, but it will continue its tradition of being one of two big rodeos early in the year in Southern Arizona. The Tohono O'...

1/29/2018

article Arizona tribal members fighting Trump’s border wall appear on CBS News
(Arizona) -- On the Tohono O'odham Reservation in southern Arizona and northern Sonora, one phrase has become a rallying cry against President Donald Trump's...
article VIDEO: Native American tribe fighting traffickers and border wall
(Arizona) -- A Native American tribe living on the U.S.-Mexico border fears that building a wall would threaten its future. Mireya Villarreal joins "CBS This...

1/5/2018

article Memorial construction to mark Tucson shooting anniversary
(Arizona) -- The city of Tucson will mark the seven-year anniversary of the mass shooting targeting former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that left six people...

12/14/2017

article Sunburst Petroglyph Vandalized in the Tohono O’odham Haki:dag
(Arizona) -- In January 2016, a several hundred pound boulder with a magnificent Tohono O’odham sunburst petroglyph was toppled in the Coronado National Forest...

12/7/2017

article Tohono O’odham breaks ground on $400M West Valley casino
(Arizona) -- More than eight years after the project was first announced, the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) broke ground Dec. 1 on the permanent, full-...

12/1/2017

article Tohono O'odham Nation breaks ground on new Desert Diamond Casino
(Arizona) -- The long-awaited Desert Diamond West Valley Casino that will include table games, as well as slot machines, broke ground on Friday.The 75,000-square-foot...

11/16/2017

article Tohono O’odham cowboy wins INFR in his debut
(Arizona) -- Six months ago, saddle-bronc rider Jay Joaquin had no plans of buying his membership card for the Indian National Finals Rodeo. For a good part of the year...

10/30/2017

article Tohono O'odham Nation considered deadliest migrant trail
(Arizona) -- Artist Alvaro Enciso lives on the Northeast side of Tumamoc Hill in a house full of art, including three-foot white crosses created to deliver a deeper...

9/28/2017

article The Wall: A tribal home and sacred places
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation straddles the U.S.-Mexico border. The tribe is concerned a border wall will further divide members as well as cut off sacred...
article This Isn’t Just Another Urban Farm—It’s a Food Bank
(Arizona) -- Just off the banks of the parched Santa Cruz River in Tucson, Arizona, gardeners at Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm are harvesting a bounty of...

9/26/2017

article Silent and Sacred: A border tribe, and the wall that will divide it
(Arizona) -- For the Tohono O’odham people, the mountains are sacred. The story is told that, I’itoi, their creator, lives in a cave below the Baboquivari...

9/21/2017

article Tohono O'odham start pilgrimage to the church at Magdalena, Mexico
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Department of Transportation is warning drivers in southern Arizona that pedestrians may be on the roadways. These pedestrians are pilgrims,...

9/19/2017

article Tribal lands: Most sacred places (video)
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, which divides the tribe physically and spiritually.

9/16/2017

article Native Americans worried about Trump's border wall
(Arizona) -- The Native American community that lives on the Mexican-American border - popularly known as Tohono O' Odham Nation-- raised concern about the proposed...

9/15/2017

article OP/ED: Mexico, NAFTA top priorities for historic Arizona trade delegation
(Arizona) -- I was honored to be part of a delegation of nearly 70 Arizona business and political leaders who visited Mexico City and Guanajuato during what could turn...

9/9/2017

article The Native American Casualties of US Immigration Policy
(Arizona) -- My name is Ophelia Rivas, but my family knows me as Ilya. You know, the place where I come from is beautiful land. We've lived there for centuries and we...

8/14/2017

article Desert Diamond West Valley Casino now serving alcohol
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation has reason to celebrate now that its long-delayed liquor license has been approved. The tribe’s Desert Diamond West...

8/4/2017

article Major expansion announced for Desert Diamond Casino’s Glendale site
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise recently announced that it will break ground before the end of the year on a major expansion to its Desert...

7/23/2017

article Tohono O'odham casino in Glendale can now move forward with full gaming
(Arizona) -- Federal officials have removed the last legal barrier to full-blown casino gambling on the edge of Glendale. The U.S. Department of Interior this past week...

7/22/2017

article Tohono O'odham Nation wins approval of updated Class III gaming compact
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation has secured federal approval of its revised Class III gaming compact. The tribe updated its agreement to settle a long-running...

7/21/2017

article Gaming a go in Glendale, feds approve gaming compact
(Arizona) -- Federal officials have removed the last legal barrier to full-blown casino gambling on the edge of Glendale. The U.S. Department of Interior this past week...

7/1/2017

article Desert Diamond Casino in the West Valley to begin massive expansion by year's end
(Arizona) -- Six weeks after reaching a settlement with the state, the Tohono O'odham Gaming Enterprise announced it will begin construction of its long-planned...
article Tohono O'odham Nation announces $400M expansion of newest casino
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation is undertaking a major expansion of its newest casino after resolving a contentious dispute in Arizona. The tribe plans to...

6/24/2017

article Tearing up Indian Country on a $50 Button Accordion: Tohono O’odham Gertie Lopez
(Arizona) -- To the rest of the world, an accordion is a squeezebox, a bellows-driven musical instrument. To Gertrude ‘Gertie’ Lopez (Tohono O’odham),...

6/11/2017

article Tribal police investigate body found hanging from a tree
(Arizona) -- Police on the Tohono O’odham reservation in southern Arizona are investigating a body that was found hanging from a tree near the village of Santa...

6/9/2017

article 3 minutes on the global stage: Tohono O'odham member fights border wall at U.N.
(New York) -- Sitting in a gray chair on the floor of United Nations headquarters, David Garcia clutched the papers with his statement and eyed the wristwatch he'd...
article Border Patrol agents find body hanging from tree on Tohono O'odham Nation
(Arizona) -- Tohono O'odham Police are investigating a dead body spotted hanging from a tree Wednesday evening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents near the...
article Tucson Border Patrol agents find body hanging from tree
(Arizona) -- Tohono O'odham police are investigating a body that was found hanging from a tree Wednesday near the village of Santa Cruz, officials said. Air...

6/2/2017

article VIDEO: The border wall is "a slap in the face," says one agent
(Arizona) -- The Arizona border with Mexico is like no other -- it lies on the Tohono O'Odham Nation. The Native Americans approved a two-foot barrier along its 62...

5/27/2017

article 'A Nation of Bullies' US Israeli Spy Towers on Tohono O'odham Land -- 'No Significant Impact'
(Arizona) -- The United States has once again rubber stamped an environmental impact assesment, finding that US Israeli spy towers will have "no significant impact...

5/23/2017

article How tribal leaders and conservationists are trying to stop the Trump border wall
(Arizona) -- The latest attempt to stymie President Donald Trump’s planned border wall has united Tohono O’odham tribal members and conservation groups in an...

5/13/2017

article Native American Tribe Warn Of DAPL-Like Pushes Against Border Wall On Their Land
(Texas) -- Trump’s border wall ambitions may kick off another Native American-spearheaded political movement. One, some warn, which may match the only recently...

5/11/2017

article Electricity Restored to Tohono O'odham Nation after 2 Days
(Arizona) -- Electricity was restored to more than 3,500 customers on the Tohono O'odham Nation Wednesday evening after being out for two days, the tribe reported in...

4/25/2017

article Tribal leader warns of protest if Trump insists on border wall: 'There is no word for wall in our language'
(Arizona) -- The strangers arriving in the noisy caravan of white vans seemed out of place at the desert mission in Topawa, where a ghostly rhythm drew on the sounds of...

4/24/2017

article Trump's border wall faces another challenge with Indian reservation
(Arizona) -- Verlon Jose is vice chairman on the Tohono O’odham Nation -- a tribe of American Indians allowed to cross the border where most Americans cannot....

4/2/2017

article The Mexican tribe that fears it will be split in two by Trump's border wall
(Arizona) -- On the baked sands of northern Mexico, barefoot tribeswomen chant and dance in clouds of incense, calling on the eagle to save them from US President Donald...

3/28/2017

article Native tribe fear Trump's Mexico wall will divide them
(Arizona) -- On the baked sands of northern Mexico, barefoot tribeswomen chant and dance in clouds of incense, calling on the eagle to save them from US President Donald...

3/12/2017

article Binational Tribe in Resistance against Trump Wall
(Mexico) -- The binational tribe Tohono O''odham (people of the desert), declared a resistance against the wall that President Donald Trump intends to raise on...

3/11/2017

article Tohono O’odham Chairman on Border Wall: ‘Not Going to Happen’
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation Executive Branch is firm on their stance against a border wall being built. “[It’s] not going to happen,”...

3/4/2017

article Letter: Tohono O'odham should support a border wall on their land
(Arizona) -- Well, the Tohono O'Odham just put out a video staunchly against building a wall/fence on its reservation. They continue to ignore the reality that the...

2/26/2017

article Tohono O'odham Nation Releases Video On Its Opposition To Proposed Border Wall
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation has released a video, "There's No O'odham Word for Wall," detailing its opposition to the fortified border...

2/25/2017

article CBP searching for K9 Dunja after he went missing near Papago Farms
(Arizona) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is searching for Border Patrol K-9 Dunja after he went missing Monday on the Tohono O'odham Nation near Papago Farms.

2/21/2017

article Activists Could Turn Trump’s Wall Into A Dakota Pipeline-Style Fight
(Arizona) -- An American Indian tribe on the southern border says it’s ready to use a Dakota Access Pipeline-style protest to target President Donald Trump’s...
article Tohono O'odham makes its case against Trump's border wall
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’odham Nation laid out its case against President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall in a video Tuesday, arguing the barrier was...
press release Tohono O'odham Nation Releases Video On Its Opposition To Proposed Border Wall
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation has released a video, "There's No O'odham Word for Wall," detailing its opposition to the fortified border...

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