Native burial sites blown up for US border wall
Native American burial sites have been blown up by construction crews building the US-Mexico border wall, says a lawmaker and tribal leaders.
Authorities confirmed that "controlled blasting" has begun at Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a Unesco recognised natural reserve.
Raul Grijalva, a Democratic congressman, called the destruction "sacrilegious".
The government failed to consult the Tohono O'odham Nation, he said.
Environmental groups also warn of the damage being done to the local underground aquifer, as well as to migrating wildlife in the remote desert region about 115 miles (185km) west of Tucson...
Remember when Trump threatened to blow up Iranian cultural sites?
Looks like he set his sights on something closer to home.
To build his racist wall, he's blowing up sacred Native American burial grounds without notifying local tribes.
This is wrong. https://t.co/rmrVlaCAZu
— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) February 10, 2020
Is this legal?
The Trump administration has been able to build sections of the US-Mexico border wall on public land due to the 2005 REAL ID Act, which gives the federal government the right to waive laws that conflict with US national security policy.
In their bid to build the wall, the White House has waived dozens of laws - including ones that protected Native American graves, endangered species, and the environment...