Courtesy of The Independent:
Construction crews began blasting sites in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument as part of the construction of Donald Trump‘s US-Mexico border wall, with the affected areas including sites sacred to Native American groups, according to a Democratic congressman from Arizona.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is an internationally recognised biosphere reserve, meaning it has plants and animals so rare that the United Nations has given it a special designation.
It includes about 330,000 acres of designated wilderness and is home to ancestral grounds sacred to the Tohono O’odham Nation, one of at least a dozen Native American groups that claim connections to grounds within the monument.
Raul Grijalva, a congressman whose district includes the reservation, said crews this week began blasting through parts of Monument Hill, which includes a burial site for the Tohono O’odham Nation.
“The construction contractor has begun controlled blasting, in preparation for new border wall system construction, within the Roosevelt Reservation at Monument Mountain,” US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said, according to Associated Press.
Mr Grijalva, the chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, visited the location ahead of the construction and described the site in a video posted to social media.
Monument Hill, where he said explosions are now occurring, is a site where members of the Tohono O’odham Nation have buried members of opposing tribes.
“Where they were blasting the other day on Monument Hill is the resting place for primarily Apache warriors that had been involved in battle with the O’odham,” he said. “And then the O’odham people in a respectful way laid them to rest on Monument Hill.”
Past administrations demonstrated some respect for sacred sites, indigenous people, and endangered animals.
But this administration is all about making money and pleasing Trump’s deplorable supporters.
They would literally turn the Grand Canyon into a giant sewer system if white tourists were not so fond of going there to spit over the edge.
If we’re lucky maybe the wind will kick and blow the whole damn thing away before they can dig up any Apache graves.
Because, you know, that’s happened before.