Method 43 / Construction begins on Border Wall

In early August, my essay “The Borderland” was published at The Rumpus. The piece describes life in the border town my parents have called home for the past seventeen years. They moved to the Arizona/Mexico border to work as volunteer park rangers at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a protected biosphere and home to many Native American sacred sites.

Yesterday morning, this happened:

Quitobaquito springs is a sacred site of the Hia C’ed Oodham people. Federal laws waived by DHS for the construction of new border wall include:

From No More Deaths/No Más Muertes:

  1. National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA] 
  2. Endangered Species Act 
  3. Clean Water Act 
  4. National Historic Preservation Act 
  5. Migratory Bird Treaty Act 
  6. Clean Air Act 
  7. Archeological Resources Protection Act 
  8. Safe Drinking Water Act 
  9. Noise Control Act 
  10. Solid Waste Disposal Act 
  11. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
  12. Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act 
  13. Antiquities Act 
  14. Historic Sites, Buildings, and Antiquities Act 
  15. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act 
  16. Farmland Protection Policy Act 
  17. Coastal Zone Management Act 
  18. Wilderness Act
  19. Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
  20. National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act 
  21. Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 
  22. Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act 
  23. Administrative Procedure Act 
  24. Otay Mountain Wilderness Act of 1999 
  25. California Desert Protection Act [Sections 102(29) and 103 of Title I] 
  26. National Park Service Organic Act 
  27. National Park Service General Authorities Act 
  28. National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 [Sections 401(7), 403, and 404] 
  29. Arizona Desert Wilderness Act [Sections 301(a)-(f)] 30.Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 
  30. Eagle Protection Act 
  31. Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act 
  32. American Indian Religious Freedom Act 
  33. Religious Freedom Restoration Act 
  34. National Forest Management Act of 1976 
  35. Multiple Use and Sustained Yield Act of 1960 
  36. Military Lands Withdrawal Act of 1999
  37. Sikes Act 
  38. Arizona-Idaho Conservation Act of 1988 
  39. Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977 
  40. Migratory Bird Conservation Act 
  41. Paleontological Resources Preservation Act 
  42. Federal Cave Resources Protection Act of 1988 
  43. National Trails System Act 
  44. National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 
  45. Reclamation Project Act of 1939 [Section 10] 
  46. Wild Horse and Burro Act 
  47. An Act of Oct 30, 2000, Pub. L. 106-398, 1, 114 Stat. 1654

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In springtime, the arroyos fill with water and the desert floor swells with green. By July, the saguaros bloom red with fruit. Ha:sañ is the O’odham word for saguaro cactus, and Ha:sañ Bak means “the saguaro is ready.”

Before the first harvest, Tohono O’odham rub the meat of a fallen saguaro fruit on the body near the heart. When you enter the desert, you must have a clear mind and a good heart.

In Tohono Oʼodham there is no word for wall.

“The Borderland,” The Rumpus

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