Woman acquitted in protest of border wall construction


Amber Ortega, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, has been acquitted on federal costs for protesting The federal authorities’s wall alongside the U.S.-Mexco border.

PIMA COUNTY, Ariz. — A Tohono O’odham woman was found not responsible Wednesday on federal misdemeanor costs stemming from her protest of border wall enchancment on her tribe’s ancestral land. 

The acquittal of Amber Ortega acquired here after a Magistrate decide reversed her earlier ruling that Ortega couldn’t use the Spiritual Freedom Restoration Act as her protection. 

After Ortega’s lawyer requested the courtroom to rethink the ruling, the decide finally decided the prosecution imposed A substantial burden on her practice Of religion. 

Ortega was charged with interfering with an agency carry out and violating a closure order after she refused To go away a enchancment website in September 2020 in Organ Pipe Cactus Nationwide Monument, about 150 miles southwest of Tucson.

In A press launch launched after Ortega’s acquittal, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said his group will proceed to wrestle for the safety of sacred lands.

“Construction of the border wall inflicted everlasting damage to Quitobaquito Springs and completely different sacred web websites for the O’odham,” Norris said. “This desecration Ought to not have occurred And might by no means be allowed to happen as quickly as extra. The Nation will proceed to advocate for stronger authorized safetys of sacred places for the O’odham and all tribes.”

RELATED: Border agency accredited To wash up wall enchancment web websites in Arizona

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