Standing in solidarity with indigenous migrants
By Shadi Rahimi
Those in front held a banner that read, “Lakota-Nation: America Was Built With Stolen Land. No Border. No Boundaries.”
Shannon Rivers, an Akimel O’odham who organized the contingent, said they were marching in solidarity with “brothers and sisters” crossing the borders, and for the right of mobility for indigenous people.
Rivers said Senate Bill 1070--which would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police the power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country without citizenship--is a racist bill that should be repealed.
The Navajo Nation Council voted against the immigration law Tuesday during a special session in Window Rock.
Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay sponsored the measure. He says he sees the immigration law as an attempt to harass American Indians, who can resemble Mexican nationals.
For more on the subject, see Arizona Laws = Clash of Civilizations and Natives Protest Arizona Immigration Law.