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Tohono O'odham Nation leaders share concerns about border wall

A view of the Tohono O'odham Nation. Photo: biotour13

Leaders of the Tohono O'odham Nation met with federal officials to discuss their concerns about a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, The New York Times reports.

Chairman Ed Manuel and Vice Chairman Verlon Jose asked the Department of Homeland Security for a seat at the table, the paper said. A meeting took place in Washington, D.C, last week.

“If someone came into your house and built a wall in your living room, tell me, how would you feel about that?” Jose told the paper. “This is our home.”

On January 25, Republican President Donald Trump ordered the "immediate" construction of a wall along the border, including a 75-mile stretch on Tohono O'odham lands. His executive order, however, failed to include the tribe or others with territories at the border.

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