Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'tohono o'odham'

Danny Lopez, Tohono O'odham elder, dies at 71

Danny Lopez, a teacher, singer and storyteller from the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona, died on Tuesday. He was 71. Lopez spent his adult life passing on tribal culture to younger generations. He taught the Tohono O'odham language, songs...

Opinion: Tohono O'odham Nation's morality

"Of all the morally troubling aspects of the ongoing border crisis, the most disturbing has to be the growing migrant death toll, including on the Tohono O'odham reservation. Equally troubling is the tribal government's refusal to support humanitarian water stations...

Charter school helps Tohono O'odham succeed

A charter school in Arizona is helping youth of Tohono O'odham Nation stay connected to their culture and succeed in the academic world. The Ha:sañ Preparatory & Leadership School, which isn't located on the reservation, met adequate yearly progress...

Violence threatens Tohono O'odham pilgrimage

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is encouraging members not to take part in an annual pilgrimage to Mexico. Thousands of tribal members go to a small church in Mexico to pay tribute to a Jesuit missionary. But drug...

Column: Native man helps his people recover

"If life had been dark for Edward Grijalva once before, the blackness had become impenetrable the second time around. He had returned to a scourge that had earlier eviscerated his life. Grijalva and heroin became inseparable again. This time...

Former Tohono O’odham Nation official sentenced

Loren Goldtooth, a former housing official for the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona, was sentenced to one year in prison on embezzlement and tax evasion charges. Goldtooth, 52, was convicted of stealing more than $50,000 from the tribe. He...

Homeland Security out of money for border fence

The Department of Homeland Security will run out of money this year for a border fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, the House Homeland Security Committee was told on Wednesday. The Secure Border Initiative is a combination of physical barriers...

Editorial: Tohono O'odham man tries to save lives

"We would never try to tell the sovereign Tohono O'odham Nation what to do. But we commend Mike Wilson for defying his own tribe's authorities for the past seven years. Wilson has been ordered repeatedly to stop setting up water...

Tohono O'odham man can't put out water for migrants

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona has ordered one of its members to stop putting out water for migrants who use the reservation to enter the United States. Mike Wilson has maintained four water stations on the reservation for seven...

Border agent sues Ford over reservation accident

A U.S. Border Patrol officer is suing Ford Motor Company for an accident on the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona that left him in a quadriplegic state. Luis Pena, 31, was responding to a narcotics call on the reservation when...

Column: Tohono O'odham walk 3,000 miles for diabetes

"Fifty years ago, diabetes was unheard of among the Tohono O'odham people. Today, more than half of all Tohono O'odham adults suffer from type 2, or adult-onset diabetes, the highest rate in the world. The type 2 incidence among the...

Big marijuana find on Tohono O'odham Nation

The U.S. Border Patrol seized more than a ton of marijuana on the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona last Thursday. In the first incident, more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana were found in an SUV parked outside a home after...

9th Circuit affirms prosecution in O'odham case

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed federal prosecution of a man who attempted to murder two members of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. Miguel Angel Ramirez claimed that his victims were not "Indian" within the meaning...

Border incident on Tohono O'odham Nation

A border incident on the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona is being investigated by the United States and Mexico. According to the U.S. Border Patrol, four Mexican soldiers entered U.S. soil through the reservation on Sunday. The soldiers pointed their...

Tohono O'odham Nation challenges border fence

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona wants the Department of Homeland Security to stop construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. The tribe says the fence prevents tribal members who live in the U.S. from taking part in religious...

ICT interview with Homeland Security Secretary

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff gave an interview to Indian Country Today after he met with Navajo, Ute, Hopi and Jicarilla Apache leaders on July 7. Chertoff discussed the Bush administration's border policy, which tribes say has...

Tohono O'odham celebrate saguaro harvest

Regina Siquieros, a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona, marked the start of the tribe's annual saguaro harvest on Saturday. Siquieros led the Ha:san Bak Saguaro Harvest Celebration at Colossal Cave Mountain Park. She said the ceremony is...

Tohono O'odham chair upset with Homeland Security

Ned Norris Jr., the chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona, says Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has shown a "total disrespect" for the tribe by refusing to meet in person. Norris said he has sent five requests for...

Tohono O'odham group walks from Maine to Arizona

Four members of the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona are walking from Maine to Arizona to promote awareness of diabetes. The group drove from the reservation to Bar Harbor, Maine. From there, they started the 3,000-mile walk back home on...

Opinion: Photos document O'odham history

"For those who think the Tohono O'odham are all about casinos and fry bread, this book should be a real eye-opener. Authored by archaeologist Allan J. McIntyre, "The Tohono O'odham and Pimeria Alta" is the first photographic history book...

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