Monday, May 17, 2010

Indigenous Implications of Arizona SB 1070


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Join your host, J. Kehaulani Kauanui for an episode focused on the implications for indigenous people(s) of the recent passage of Arizona State legislation SB 1070, which makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally, and requires local law enforcement to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are in the country illegally. How does this new law affect those who are Native? Our guests on the show today include Jose R. Matus (Yaqui), Director, Indigenous Alliance Without Borders (Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras), and Alex Soto (Tohono O'odham Nation) from O'odham Solidarity Across Borders Collective. At the center of a critical indigenous perspective on the new legislation is the recognition that the US nation's boundaries are not tribal boundaries. This has dire consequences for the many tribal nations, especially those whose traditional lands divided by the US-Mexico border. In other words, those who are also seriously impacted by this offensive law descend from peoples who lived in the Sonoran Desert centuries the existence of the United States. Original air-date: 5-11-10.


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