Friday, August 31, 2007

News coverage of Border Summit in 2006

News coverage from the 2006 summit:

Indigenous Border Summit Opposes Border Wall and Militarization
Americas Program, International Relations Center (IRC) 2006
By Brenda Norrell
Indigenous peoples at the Border Summit of the Americas on Tohono O'odham tribal land opposed the construction of a border wall, which will dissect indigenous communities on ancestral lands split by the U.S.-Mexico border. They also issued a strong statement against the ongoing militarization of their homelands.
During the Border Summit, held Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2006, organized by Tohono O'odham Mike Flores and facilitated by the International Indian Treaty Council and the American Indian Movement, indigenous peoples unanimously opposed the Secure Fence Act, passed by the Senate. The wall will divide the ancestral lands of many Indian Nations, including the Kumeyaay in California, Cocopah and Tohono O'odham in Arizona, and the Kickapoo in Texas. The wall is expected to be completed by May 2008.
Describing it as “psychological oppression and terrorism,” the participants representing many tribes from the United States and Mexico also called for a halt to the militarization of their ancestral homelands and sacred places along the border.
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1 comment:

Aaron said...

I would like to attend the meeting, i am a Choctaw man living in Sonoma county Northern Cali.I have almost no money. Is there any one going from the San Francisco bay area who would be willing to help me get there? I dont live in any town or city i have camp at a family friends ranch where i dont have to exchange Money over my sacred Mother Earth and dont have to have electricity and indoor plumbing as this is what i have been used to living. I do have a cell phone and can be reached by e mail at