Cocopah Indian Tribe Responds to Removal of Shipping Containers from Tribal Lands


The Cocopah Indian tribe says it will continue to work with law enforcement to help secure the border

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – A representative of the Cocopah Indian Tribe has issued a statement on the federal government asking Arizona to remove shipping containers from tribal lands along the Yuma border.

“We believe the Bureau is taking the necessary and appropriate steps to resolve this issue. Beyond that, we will continue to work side-by-side with local, state, and federal law enforcement to secure the border.“said Jonathan Athens, director of communications for the Cocopah Indian Tribe.

The State of Arizona has placed shipping containers along the Yuma border that the Cocopah Tribe says it’s on sovereign lands in August to fill in the gaps.

Two months after the placement, the US Department of the Interior said Arizona and Gov. Doug Ducey broke the law by adding 122 shipping containers along the border.

The The federal government also sent a letter asking Arizona to dismantle the shipping containers.

Arizona then responded to the federal government that the “the containers will remain in place.”

State Representative Tim Dunn issued a statement on October 20 by saying he agrees with Governor Doug Ducey’s border gap solution.

Yuma Border wall with shipping containers – KYMA


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