Jan 23, 2009
Ancestral Graves Desecrated for Border Wall
Homeland Security destroyed 69 graves of Tohono O'odham ancestors in one location alone while constructing the US/Mexico border wall south of Tucson, in violation of all federal laws created to protect American Indian remains. Homeland Security and US courts waived all federal laws to protect Native American graves and the environment and then allowed for border wall construction at San Pedro near Nogales. The graves were violated and the details were not made public. Although the archaeologist exposing the desecration only revealed it as a rare find, for O'odham, these are the graves of their ancestors which were destroyed. Archaeologist Maren Hopkins said the village is believed to have existed from around A.D. 700 to 1200.
Posted by rael at 8:30 AM