“Its been really bothering me, but I didn’t know who to ask or tell.”

A Story of Border Patrol Surveillance of O’odham Families

From the Artesia Community, Tohono O’odham Nation Member/Youth

“I have a story. A couple of months ago, my sister found a camera underneath a tree by our house. She said she covered it with some bushes because it freaked her out. After she told me we tried to look for it and it was gone A couple of weeks later she told me she found another one in a different place around the house and this time I saw it. I went to look at it and my face was all up in it. I noticed that they tried to hide it pretty well. We were going to tell our grandpa but then we must have triggered or set something off because they (BP) came and took it. This happened twice in the last three months. Its scary because it was so close to the house and its an area that we go by all the time to go running as a family, or my grandpa when he works with his cattle. We’re the only ones who use that road. Its been really bothering me, but I didn’t know who to ask or tell” – Artesia Community, Tohono O’odham Nation Member/Youth

Tohono O’odham Hemajkam Rights Network (TOHRN), is an O’odham led movement of young people who care about the land, our future and our rights. Follow TOHRN at https://www.facebook.com/tohrn520.

Trail Cameras are Easily hidden and are used as remote surveillance tools along the US Border. These are originally hunting devices like the one pictured above.