Arlington, VA — A coalition of first nation peoples, lead by Arizona’s Tohono O’odham Nation, has announced plans to build walls around notable US monuments and government structures to protect Native Americans from the “illegal movement of people, drugs, and weapons” into their territories.
“We’re going to build a wall, folks. We`re going to build a wall. That wall will go up so fast, your head will spin,” said Ned Norris, Jr. Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation. “These invaders are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. They are rapists. We need to build a wall.”
The first of 16 first nation wall projects, the first is slated to begin at Arlington National Cemetary.
“Our safety comes first over your ancestors. Not only are we going to be building a wall around Arlington [National Cemetary], we’re planning on installing our freedom wall directly through this ground to remind the United States that we mean business. After all, the taxpayers are paying for it.”
Since 2015, then-candidate now President Trump has promised to build a border wall along the Mexican/US border. Despite claims to the contrary, only a couple of miles of the net-new wall have been developed. And much of the new construction has been on Native American and natural preserve lands. About the former, parts of the border walls have been built over sacred first nation lands without their approval, violating both treaties and common decency.
According to Mr. Norris, the coalition has been lobbying Congress for decades to do something about the influx of crime, poverty, and drugs and alcohol into their lands but has failed to do anything.
“We recognize and respect the right of either country to build a physical barrier or wall on any of its borders to stop the illegal movement of people, drugs, and weapons,” continued Mr. Norris. “Along with $25 billion from taxpayers, we have extensive plans and funding, which will allow us to protect our people.”
Other first nation projects include walls around Mount Rushmore, Monticello [Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home], and the entire state of Florida.