Oct 23rd, 2012
From Intercontinental Cry
A group of O’odham youth raised their voices last week against Pangea Development-Co LLC and the Pecos Landowners Association (PLA), without saying a single word. The youths attended a Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) Tribal Council session, wearing breathing masks and No Build 202 shirts to speak “to the looming desecration of Muhadag Do’ag (South Mountain) and to the negative impacts the proposed freeway would bring to the environment and overall community health.”
Pangea and the PLA hoped that the tribal council would simply approve their plans for the construction of a city and freeway within the reservation. Thanks to the efforts of these youths, that did not happen. Instead, the tribal council voted for transparency and to hold Pangea and the PLA accountable.