Tohono O’odham in poverty ask, ‘Where are the casino millions going?’

This was originally posted by Brenda Norrell at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Tohono O’odham in poverty ask, ‘Where are the casino millions going?’


Tohono O’odham living in the most desperate poverty ask: ‘Where are the casino millions going?’

Tohono O’odham youths, pushed to the breaking point by the US military and Tohono O’odham police, too often have to choose between jail, hunger and leaving their homeland

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Every week, Tohono O’odham friends call and say they have no money, no money for food, no money to heat their homes at night and no money for their elderly parents.
Every week, Tohono O’odham friends ask where are the millions going from the Tohono O’odham casinos. The crowds overflow at the Tohono O’odham’s Desert Diamond Casino on the edge of Tucson, while the Tohono O’odham people continue to live in the most desperate poverty. It only takes a drive across Tohono O’odham land to see what is happening and what is not happening, in regards to poverty.
Now, a new $550 million casino is in the plans:
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/biz-topheadlines/278119.php
Where are the millions going? The Tohono O’odham Legislative Council has long been able to oppress its people with the heavy arm of Homeland Security, the National Guard and Tohono O’odham police.
Now, the militarization is worse. Tohono O’odham are stopped constantly without provocation and threatened and intimidated by US military, Border Patrol, federal agents and Tohono O’odham police.
Tohono O’odham youths, pushed to the breaking point by the US militarization and police, too often have to choose between jail, hunger and leaving their homeland.
The Tohono O’odham Council does not allow outside reporters into its chambers for council sessions. In northern Arizona, the Navajo Nation Council welcomes press and even provides copies of resolutions. That does not happen in the Tohono O’odham Council chambers. Outside reporters are told to leave. The best that reporters can hope for when asking questions is to have their lives threatened for asking questions.
With no accountability, the Tohono O’odham people say this crime against humanity continues.

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One Response

  1. I’m a new reader of this newsletter. I thank the website Censored News! In respose to an outdated article, i would stil like to place my comment. What of the U.S. militarization? Im not sure what was meant by that? I understand the pressures of the youth in regards to US Border patrol invasion of the indian lands, whom tend to portray extreme negativism toward US government system among the youth. Yet, I must state, what about personal accountability? the youth learn of “easy money” and “life in the fast lane” at an early age. Sure, while the legislative council continue to stick their head in the sand, the youth are continuing to fall throug the cracks. The requirement to obtaining a tribal job continues to be at a low standard. The legislative position requirement, as I recall, is at least a high school diploma? These are the people running the Tohono O’odham Nation! Perhaps this attributes to some of the lack of interest in Higher Education. Personal Accoutability begins within the tribal entity itself. We all need to go back to school, not just our youth!

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