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PHOENIX \u2014 Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad \u2014 even before anything happens.

SB 1142 would expand the state\u2019s racketeering laws, now aimed at organized crime, to also include rioting. It would redefine rioting to include actions resulting in damage to others\u2019 property.

By including rioting in racketeering laws, the proposal would permit police to arrest people who are planning events. Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, a former police officer, said if there are organized groups, \u201cI should certainly hope that our law enforcement people have some undercover people there.\u201d

\u201cWouldn\u2019t you rather stop a riot before it starts?\u201d Kavanagh asked colleagues during debate. \u201cDo you really want to wait until people are injuring each other, throwing Molotov cocktails, picking up barricades and smashing them through businesses in downtown Phoenix?\u201d

But Democrats say the heart of the legislation is guilt by association, and is giving the government the right to criminally prosecute and seize the assets of everyone who planned a protest and everyone who participated.

Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, posed the possibility that the person who broke a window \u2014 triggering the claim there was a riot \u2014 might not be a member of the protesting group, but rather someone from the other side.

Sen. Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix, acknowledged that what\u2019s planned as a peaceful demonstration can sometimes go south.

\u201cWhen people want to express themselves as a group during a time of turmoil, during a time of controversy, during a time of high emotions, that\u2019s exactly when people gather as a community,\u201d he said. \u201cSometimes they yell, sometimes they scream, sometimes they do go too far.\u201d

Quezada said, though, that everything that constitutes rioting already is a crime, ranging from assault to criminal damage, and those responsible can be individually prosecuted. He said this bill appears to be designed to chill the First Amendment rights of people who decide to demonstrate in the first place for fear something could go wrong.

Kavanagh said the chilling effect is aimed at a specific group of protesters.

\u201cYou now have a situation where you have full-time, almost professional agent-provocateurs that attempt to create public disorder,\u201d he said. \u201cA lot of them are ideologues, some of them are anarchists. But this stuff is all planned.\u201d

Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, said the new criminal laws are necessary. \u201cI have been heartsick with what\u2019s been going on in our country, what young people are being encouraged to do,\u201d she said.

Allen agreed with Quezada that there already are laws that cover overt acts, but she said they don\u2019t work. \u201cIf they get thrown in jail, somebody pays to get them out,\u201d she said. \u201cThere has to be something to deter them from that.\u201d

Farley, however, said the legislation does far more than simply go after those who might incite people to riot. He warned Republicans that such a broad law could end up being used against some of their allies.

For example, he said, a \u201ctea party\u201d group wanting to protest a property tax hike might get permits, publicize the event and have a peaceful demonstration.

\u201cAnd one person, possibly from the other side, starts breaking the windows of a car,\u201d Farley said. \u201cAnd all of a sudden the organizers of that march, the local tea party, are going to be under indictment from the county attorney in the county that raised those property taxes. That will have a chilling effect on anybody, right or left, who wants to protest something the government has done.\u201d

Sen. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix, said the legislation is based on a false premise of how disturbances happen. \u201cThis idea that people are being paid to come out and do that?\u201d she said. \u201cI\u2019m sorry, but I think that is fake news.\u201d

Sen. Andrea Dalessandro, D-Green Valley, had her own concerns. \u201cI\u2019m fearful that \u2018riot\u2019 is in the eyes of the beholder and that this bill will apply more strictly to minorities and people trying to have their voice heard,\u201d she said.

The 17-13 party-line vote sends the bill to the House.

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This article is for those Saturdays, the difficult ones, when nobody can make a decision. Eggs are in your future, it's just whether you want them sunny-side or poached with fresh basil chiffonade. (How lovely ...)

Check out this quick list of Tucson brunch spots, so you can finally get some coffee in you and get this day started! \u00a0

Bisbee Breakfast Club

2936 E. Broadway, 4131 W. Ina Road, 4811 E. Sunrise Drive

Brunch hours:\u00a06 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. seven days a week

\"Bisbee

Eggs Zorba. Who came up with that name anyway! Sounds like a fortune teller.\u00a0

This Bisbee transplant is blowing up like an Arnold movie, with three locations in Tucson alone. I prefer the airy new diner at the historic Broadway Village, which was packed on a recent midweek afternoon. Lighter options include baked oatmeal and the scrambled Eggs Zorba, $9.39, with spinach and Feta cheese. I went whole hog with the Copper Queen Skillet, above, featuring bacon, ham and sausage smothered with a blanket of rich gravy. \u00a0\u00a0

Prep & Pastry

3073 N. Campbell Ave. and 6450 E. Grant Road

Brunch hours:\u00a0Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular breakfast menu available 7-11 a.m. Monday through Friday.\u00a0

\u00a0

Possibly the best way you could start a Wednesday...\ud83d\ude0d #prepandpastry

A post shared by @prepandpastry on Feb 1, 2017 at 7:07am PST

\"Welcome to Prep & Pastry, where our food is locally sourced and our brunches have booze,\" claims the website. Good to know! It's also important to note that Prep has two locations now, which makes it way easier for Alton Brown get a table. I always get the poblano pepper-stuffed A.M. Relleno, $9.50, but I hear the S'mores French toast with graham cracker brioche is pretty good too.\u00a0

The Parish

6453 N. Oracle Road

Brunch hours:\u00a09 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays

\u00a0

2 eggs how you like them our house made potatoes and your choice of meat (fried pig tails pictures)!!! Oh yes brunch is about to be even more delicious. Official start date October 29th @ 9am!!! #brunch #parishlife #norulesjustdeliciousness

A post shared by The Parish Tucson (@theparishtucson) on Oct 22, 2016 at 9:19pm PDT

My inner tranquility exploded this October when the uber-talented Travis Peters announced he was doing brunch. (Take a look at the pictures and you'll see what I mean.) The Southern fusion restaurant excels in the meat department, and you'll want to try the Braised \"Bacon and Eggs,\" $11, with poached egg and a mustard seed caviar\u00a0sitting on a fat slab of glistening pork belly.

Welcome Diner

902 E. Broadway

Brunch hours:\u00a09 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week

\u00a0

Checkin' out the new #brunch at @welcomedinertucson. #Andouille sausage scramble is where it's at ... #thisistucson #tucsonfood #downtowntucson

A post shared by #ThisIsTucson \ud83c\udf35 (@this_is_tucson) on Dec 11, 2016 at 11:31am PST

Now doing brunch, Welcome Diner has an interesting mix of Mexican and Southern dishes on the menu. Sometimes they're even on the same plate. For example, check out the pork posole rojo, $13, with mole spiced black pudding and shaved radish. I also really enjoyed my Andouille scramble, pictured above. Legit. \u00a0

Five Points Market & Restaurant

756 S. Stone Ave.

Brunch hours:\u00a07 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week

\"5

We took the make-your-own breakfast plate to its limit with a slurry of side dishes, including roasted squash and fresh avocado.\u00a0

No omelets on the menu here, but that's because you're ordering the sunny huevos rancheros with splendor of well-placed sauces, all for $9. I don't know how they keep it so cheap at Five Points, considering how gourmet the breakfast options are. But that's Tucson I guess. Someday I'll get around to trying that Chia Pudding ...\u00a0

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When De Anne Dwight got the news about her presidential pardon in January, she was also told not to tell anyone yet.

This after a 28-page application, a document hunt for decades-old papers, an FBI interview and months of waiting as the end of Barack Obama\u2019s presidency ticked nearer.

So she put on some makeup, donned a huge smile and began her shift as a registered nurse at Banner-University Medical Center.

People wondered why she was so happy. Oh, it\u2019s just a good day, she told them. A very good day.

\u201cI\u2019m always smiling with my cute little makeup,\u201d Dwight, 47, says. \u201cPeople would never believe I have a mug shot.\u201d

After about 17 years of sobriety, she feels she has lived two lives.

She devotes this life, her second chance, to giving other addicts hope. That\u2019s what this pardon is all about for her. She believes God already forgave her, but the pardon is about showing others that recovery can happen, does happen.

A presidential pardon doesn\u2019t erase the past or imply innocence. But it does remove the civil limitations that can follow a conviction and indicate the president\u2019s recognition of a life turned around and responsibility taken.

Dwight\u2019s first life came sputtering to a halt on the cement floor of a holding cell on the Mexican side of the border. It was June 1999 and she was under arrest with two life sentences potentially headed her way: one for possession with intent to distribute and the other for the importation of a controlled substance.

She got caught smuggling crystal meth across the border \u2014 not to share, not to sell. It was all for her, she says.

The end of innocence

Raised by her grandparents in Baltimore, with a father who was basically an alcoholic and a mother who died too soon, Dwight says she threw herself into sports and school.

Everything changed when she attended a party with a different crowd.

\u201cIt seemed innocent at the time: Put everything you can find in your grandparents\u2019 liquor cabinet and put it in a Tupperware and bring it to a party,\u201d she recalls.

Dwight had her first drink there and got sick. She was raped at that party.

She was 12.

\u201cI went to this other party the same day, where I was really supposed to be,\u201d she says. \u201cAnd I went to that party and they were playing spin the bottle. I remember sitting on the steps looking down into the basement thinking I could never play that innocent game again.\u201d

Looking for love, looking for drugs

Sitting today in the kitchen of her Tucson home, sun streaming through a window, Dwight marvels about her 17-year marriage to Jeff Dwight. Every five years, the couple renew their vows.

\u201cI would never have guessed in a million years that I would be faithful to one man and love him, you know?\u201d she says. \u201cThat\u2019s a big deal.\u201d

That\u2019s because that first party launched her into years of addiction to alcohol, drugs and relationships.

As a 17-year-old, she ran away and was later emancipated, drinking and partying through her last year of high school.

She began a relationship with an older man, with whom she started doing cocaine.

\u201cPretty much the first time we were together, he was abusive. We ran out of drugs and he tied me up and put a knife to my neck and said, \u2018You better be here when I come back.\u2019\u201d

Despite the abuse, Dwight stayed. At some point, crystal meth entered the picture.

When the couple moved to Florida, Dwight, then 25, fled to a women\u2019s shelter.

\u201cI wanted to join the merchant marines, because my grandmother always talked about the merchant marines, but I couldn\u2019t find their number in the phone book,\u201d Dwight says. \u201cSo I called the Marine Corps and said, \u2018Do you guys have the number for the merchant marines?\u2019 They said, \u2018No, but if you come down here, we\u2019ll help you find it.\u2019 Literally, I was in boot camp three days later.\u201d

\u201cSomeday this might save your life\u201d

Dwight loved the Marine Corps.

She graduated from boot camp at the top of her class, was expert with a rifle and was going to be an air traffic controller, she says.

\u201cIt was the first time I felt like I belonged, like I had a purpose,\u201d she says. \u201cI felt safe at the time away from him.\u201d

The Marine Corps taught her lessons that would later apply to her recovery.

\u201cIn the Marine Corps, you get up and make your bed. Unmake your bed. Polish your boots. Polish your gun. Take your gun apart. Put your gun back together,\u201d she says. \u201cI remember in boot camp you walked around the island for three days. Why did we do that? Because somebody told you to. And someday it might save your life.\u201d

It\u2019s the same thing she tells recovering addicts.

\u201cRead the book. Call a friend. Go to a meeting,\u201d she says. \u201cWhy? Because I said so. Because one day it might save your life.\u201d

When Dwight was stationed in Memphis, the man she had escaped found her. She gave him another chance and married him. But life began to unravel again when the Marine Corps moved her to Yuma. She says her husband continue to abuse her and at one point drugged her drink at a party.

The Marine Corps didn\u2019t tolerate drug use.

\u201cIt was horrible getting kicked out,\u201d she says. \u201cI wanted more than anything to stay. I always tell people the Marine Corps is what saves my life literally today.\u201d

Crossing the line

The end of Dwight\u2019s career as a Marine also brought an end to her marriage.

Men bounced in and out of her life. And then so did crystal meth.

\u201cBut this time it was different,\u201d she says. \u201cIt was like I couldn\u2019t stop doing it. There wasn\u2019t enough to keep me high enough.\u201d

She stopped sleeping and lost her car. She stopped showing up to work.

Dwight became frustrated waiting for someone else to supply her the drug. Mexico, she thought, was the answer.

She remembers sitting in her closet during a party at her apartment, saying, \u201cGod, I\u2019m tired.\u201d

\u201cI hadn\u2019t thought about God at all in the picture,\u201d she says. \u201cAnd then I joke that two days later, I was resting on the floor of a holding cell in Mexico.\u201d

The next right thing

When law enforcement stopped her at the border and discovered the drugs, they locked her up on the Mexican side, she says. It almost came as a relief to Dwight, then 29, who guesses she was awake for around 11 days on her last high. She crashed on the cement floor.

\u201cNowhere in my mind did I think, \u2018What if Mexico keeps me? That would really suck,\u2019\u201d she says. \u201cI literally wasn\u2019t even in touch with reality.\u201d

She was taken to Yuma\u2019s county jail before being moved to federal prison.

At the now-closed Vida Serena rehabilitation center in Tucson, her life began anew.

\u201cIn treatment is where I started living and learning life lessons like you have to be flexible,\u201d she says. \u201cIt doesn\u2019t matter what one person says; is it the right thing to do?\u201d

Eventually, a judge dropped the first sentence, and in treatment, Dwight began learning about her fears and anger issues and meeting with a 12-step program sponsor. She started going to church.

She began doing the next right thing and the next right thing. Just like in the Marine Corps.

\u201cPeople forget it\u2019s that simple,\u201d she says. \u201cThey are so worried about the steps and worried about what they have to do on the ninth step that they don\u2019t take time to do the first one: Just don\u2019t drink. Just don\u2019t do drugs.\u201d

A judge sentenced her to time served plus five years of supervised release. That meant the two weeks she spent in jail and the year and seven days she spent in treatment counted as her sentence. That was it.

\u201cWhen I look back on it, it makes me cry,\u201d Dwight says.

Relapsing was
not an option

The Dwights own a home in an area that De Anne describes as \u201cdrug central.\u201d People know that at the Dwights, they can find help.

\u201cI just hate that people relapse,\u201d she says. \u201cThey keep putting themselves in that situation when there\u2019s hope and there\u2019s help.\u201d

Dwight never allowed herself to relapse. She fought the temptation during treatment by walking her \u201cprison circle\u201d \u2014 a space about the size of a jail cell. She repeated her mantra: \u201cDrinking and using are not an option.\u201d

She met her husband, Jeff, in a 12-step program.

\u201cThe truth is no one can understand the life that we have to live to keep this life other than someone who\u2019s living it,\u201d she says. \u201cI always say you either get drunk together or you stay clean together, so for 17 years, we\u2019ve been clean together.\u201d

She started working in radio, going to Pima Community College, and working at her church.

Dwight comes from a family of nurses and earned her bachelor\u2019s degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University. She was licensed as a registered nurse in 2010 and later earned a master\u2019s degree.

But still she has to check that box on applications. Yes, she is a convicted felon.

The presidential pardon doesn\u2019t change that \u2014 she still has to check the box \u2014 but now she has a powerful stamp of approval.

Paying freedom forward

Since leaving treatment, Dwight has always volunteered with people, especially women, in recovery.

\u201cIt\u2019s what she does in her everyday life now,\u201d says her friend Karen Wendling, a former children\u2019s minister at her church.

Dwight invites the women she mentors into her home so they can see normal life \u2014 dirty dishes in the sink, two crazy dogs, walls that will never quite be white. No drugs, no alcohol, no addiction. Hope.

\u201cShe was bringing me over to her house, which was just amazing, because I just got released from prison,\u201d says Jennifer McPheron, who is now director of Miracle Center, a Christian nonprofit that supports homeless adults. \u201cIt helped to save my life, and she didn\u2019t think twice about it.\u201d

McPheron, 38, approached Dwight at an AA meeting after the older woman shared her story. \u201cI was still on parole and knew if I used again, life would be easier in prison: They told you what to do and how to live. But when I heard D talk, I thought, \u2018Okay, if there is any hope that I could be like her, then maybe this is worth it and I can give it a shot,\u2019\u201d McPheron says.

Rachel Redman, a special education teacher in Sahuarita, is another woman who approached Dwight after hearing her story.

\u201cWhen I was coming out of one of the darkest times in my life, she really helped to guide me on to a path of integrity, where I was able to face my past and deal with the consequences of it and then grow,\u201d says Redman, 35.

Pardoned

Dwight hopes the other 63 men and women who received a presidential pardon on Jan. 17, 2017 take advantage of the opportunity to give someone else hope.

\u201cShe is almost the poster child of someone who deserves this pardon, because she is a completely different person than she was when she committed those crimes,\u201d Redman says.

The formal letter Dwight received from the White House concluded with Obama\u2019s signature and these words: \u201cI applaud your ability to prove the doubters wrong, and to change your life for the better. So good luck, and Godspeed.\u201d

This is life forgiven.

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Arizona received its highest ranking of the season, No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, while appearing to make a jump to the No. 2 seed line in bracketing for the NCAA Tournament.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi had the Wildcats a No. 2 seed in the Midwest and CBS's Jerry Palm had them a No. 2 in the East, with both forecasting UA's pod to begin play in Salt Lake City.

Note, of course, that the Wildcats are still basically ranked behind Oregon, as per what the committee released on Feb. 11. The Ducks are projected to get a No. 2 in the West.

If that holds up, it would mean the difference between potentially getting to face Gonzaga in San Jose for an Elite Eight game versus playing (in the Midwest) Kansas in Kansas City or (in the East) playing Villanova in New York City. (The tourney sites are listed here).

UA's official RPI is No. 8, while the Wildcats are No. 20 in Sagarin and No. 21 in Kenpom.


Lauri Markkanen appears to have a good chance to win the Pac-12 Player of the Week award to be announced later today. Stephen Thompson Jr. led Oregon State to its first conference win of the season against Utah on Sunday but struggled against Colorado.

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SEATTLE \u2013 Kadeem Allen looked every bit the decoy before Saturday\u2019s UA-Washington game -- warming up, wearing full game gear and sporting a splint-and-bandage over his dislocated right pinkie that did not appear to affect his dribbling and shooting.

But he did not play at all. He will instead this week against USC and UCLA, UA coach Sean Miller said, the payoff for all that resting.

\u201cHaving him go through warmups is more about the future,\u201d Miller said. \u201cIt\u2019s good for him to go through warmups because we anticipate him making a full return next week.\u201d

Miller has described Allen\u2019s injury as a \u201cone-week injury\u201d and Allen dislocated his pinky on Feb. 14, so he\u2019ll be nine days removed by the time the Wildcats host the Trojans on Thursday.

UA athletic trainer Justin Kokoskie discussed Allen\u2019s situation in more detail in our seen-and-heard notes.


Dusan Ristic, however, isn\u2019t a sure thing to come back next week. Miller continues to describe his left ankle sprain as a first-time injury that has thrown things off (maybe mentally as much if not more than physically).

\u201cHe has a mild ankle sprain. He had a little bit of swelling. The X-rays were negative,\u201d Miller said. \u201cHe hasn\u2019t really dealt with it. It\u2019s the first time he\u2019s had an injury like this and it kind of knocked him back. I hope over the next few days he starts to see he\u2019s going to be OK and we can get him back. I don\u2019t have a good feel for him.\u201d


Lauri Markkanen spent a second straight game mostly around the basket instead of out on the wing where his 3-pointers had become much less accurate in recent weeks.

That\u2019s by Miller\u2019s design, not because of Ristic\u2019s absence.

\u201cNot really,\u201d Markkanen said. \u201cOn Thursday we did the same thing.\u201d

Saying he had been using Markkanen too long as a \u201cone-dimensional\u201d player, Miller said the Wildcats went into the Washington trip emphasizing and doing a few things differently so as to create opportunities for Markkanen inside.

\u201cHe played the same way against Washington State,\u201d Miller said. \u201cHe\u2019s using his size better. We\u2019re starting to get him the ball a little bit easier and we have to continue that because he\u2019s a lot harder to deal with when he\u2019s able to score close to the basket, which he\u2019s done the last two games.\u201d


Allonzo Trier had the best shooting game of his nine-game season so far, making 6 of 10 field goals that included 4 of 5 3-pointers.

He entered Saturday\u2019s game shooting 39.5 percent overall from the field and 30.3 percent from 3-point range, and Miller said it wasn\u2019t the shot itself that was necessarily the problem.

\u201cThe thing about Allonzo is he missed 19 games so he\u2019s at that point where a player generally is in early December, but everybody around him and who plays against him is further along,\u201d Miller said. \u201cSo sometimes one of the reasons his shot percentage isn\u2019t as high is he hasn\u2019t always taken great shots.

\u201cEvery once in a while he makes a decision to take one maybe he shouldn\u2019t. Maybe he has a drive and for whatever reason he takes a contested shot so I think we\u2019ve tried to just get him to think about slowing the game down, taking what the defense gives. Because if he\u2019s open and gets quality shots there\u2019s nothing wrong with his shot.\u201d


Not surprisingly, Miller raved about Markelle Fultz after the game, specifically his combination of size and speed.

\u201cUsually when a guy is as big as he is, they act like they\u2019re point guards when they really aren\u2019t,\u201d Miller said. \u201cBut he\u2019s so fast and fluid with his dribble that it amazes me. He really is a point guard. As a matter of fact, he punishes smaller point guards because he\u2019s so big and their (smaller) size doesn\u2019t negate him \u2026

\u201cHim and Lonzo Ball, man, it\u2019s like its an honor to be in a conference with those two guys because I have a funny feeling into the future of a decade we\u2019re all gonna look at them as two of the great guards in the NBA. I really believe that. He\u2019s a special talent, special player and very difficult to deal with.\u201d


Our game story and notes are attached to this post, as are PDFs of the box score and updated stats.

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Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild was carjacked at gunpoint in midtown Saturday morning.

Shortly before 11 a.m., the mayor was leaving his home when he was greeted by a man holding a pistol, who demanded to know where his car was parked, Rothschild told the Star.

Rothschild said that he pointed to his city-owned Toyota Prius and the man demanded he hand over the keys.

The mayor complied, and the carjacker left the scene in the Prius.

Rothschild, who did not have a security detail with him, was not injured and says he's doing fine.

At about 7 p.m. Saturday, police said the car had been recovered, but provided no other updates. The carjacker is still at large, said Tucson Police Department spokesman, Sgt. Pete Dugan.

Rothschild said Saturday night that the Prius was found abandoned a couple of hours after the carjacking. It was found at 36th Street and Forgeus, several miles from his house, he said.

Robbery detectives with the Tucson Police Department are investigating the incident and have learned that prior to his run-in with the mayor, which happened in the area of North Tucson Boulevard and East 5th Street, the suspect unsuccessfully tried to take another car, Dugan said.

He also had a \"small altercation\" with a mail carrier before his confrontation with the mayor, leading police to believe that he wasn't targeting Rothschild, Dugan said.

\"I've lived in the city for a very long time and I've never been a victim of any serious crime,\" Rothschild said.\u00a0\"Although we live in a safe community, this can happen at any time.\"

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Rep. Martha McSally will participate in a live, town hall-style meeting on Thursday, answering growing calls from district residents for an in-person meeting.\u00a0

The Green Valley News reports\u00a0the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun will host a 90-minute town hall, with McSally taking questions from the audience.\u00a0

The Town Hall will begin at 4 p.m. at The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S. La Ca\u00f1ada Dr. in Sahuarita. The church can hold about 300 people, the Sun reports.\u00a0

Organizers of a competing town hall that has repeatedly invited McSally - who has refused to attend - say they will go forward with their forum on Thursday night.

The town hall, which will be held at the Saint Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church at 5:30 p.m., already has a waiting list - with over 400 people signing up to attend.\u00a0

McSally refused to attend the scheduled town hall in Tucson, saying activists want an opportunity to verbally berate members of Congress in a public setting. She called the attempt a \u201cpolitical ambush.\u201d

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TOHONO O\u2019ODHAM RESERVATION \u2014 Leaders of the Tohono O\u2019odham Nation southwest of Tucson say they\u2019re confident President Trump\u2019s executive order to build a border wall won\u2019t become a reality on their land.

\u201cThe border has already cut our home in half,\u201d said Verlon Jose, vice chairman of the 34,000-member tribe.

Since President Trump\u2019s Jan. 25 executive order to \u201csecure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall,\u201d the Tohono O\u2019odham Nation has become a focal point of a contentious national issue.

The American Indian nation has been inundated with calls from media around the globe because of its unique situation, as well as from supporters who want to know how they can help.

No other U.S. tribe shares a longer stretch of the international border with Mexico \u2014 75 miles, or 62 miles \u201cas the crow flies,\u201d and tribal officials have long gone on record saying a wall would never be in line with their spiritual connection to the land.

Jose and tribal Chairman Edward Manuel would like President Trump and any other leaders who want to build a physical wall along the southern border to visit the reservation first. If they see it, they\u2019ll understand, tribal officials say.

The tribal leaders traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with Congressional leaders and others to clearly state their position. Manuel said he left feeling positive that the wall won\u2019t happen.

No word for wall

For the Tohono O\u2019odham Nation, the U.S. border with Mexico is an unnatural line that divides their indigenous homelands. About 2,000 of the tribe\u2019s members live in Mexico, and many of them use services such as the dialysis clinic, which is on the U.S. side in Sells. Sells, the tribe\u2019s capital, is about 60 miles southwest of downtown Tucson. The expansive Arizona reservation is roughly the size of Connecticut.

The tribe essentially has a wall already, many members say. Most of the tribe\u2019s border is already lined with steel vehicle barriers that wind around saguaro cacti, across sacred archaeological sites, and allow for rushing waters to cross the border through washes that water their land during summer months.

The added security has had effects. Places where members can legally cross the border with tribal identification cards have shrunk from seven to three in recent years, in some cases tripling travel time to visit families and attend ceremonies in Mexico.

The Serapo family ranch along the tribe\u2019s border with Mexico was literally cut in half by vehicle barriers that went up in 2007 and 2008. Since the family\u2019s well is on the other side of the barrier, they now must travel four miles to get water, Jake Serapo describes in video the tribe has produced about the issue called \u201cThere\u2019s No O\u2019odham Word for Wall.\u201d

There is, incidentally, no O\u2019odham word for citizenship, either.

\u201cWhether here or in Mexico, it\u2019s all one land to us,\u201d Manuel said. \u201cIt\u2019s just not feasible to put a wall out here on the Tohono O\u2019odham Nation. It\u2019s going to cost too much money, way too much money. More than what they are projecting ... it\u2019s not going to happen.\u201d

\u201dCost is extreme\u201d

The border is a complicated issue on the reservation, where some members have been frightened by drug runners and related crimes, and want more security.

But tribal leaders officially oppose a physical wall, and that appears to be the prevailing opinion among most members, too.

In the parking lot outside a members-only meeting about the wall on Friday night in Sells, 57-year-old Ronald Felix tended a fire meant to provide a spiritual center for thought and prayer for people leaving the meeting.

\u201cThey can leave their emotions here and journey home without burdens and stress,\u201d Felix said, pointing to a pile of creosote for members to burn.

\u201cThis issue is very sensitive and contentious. It is hard to put into words. The cost is extreme.\u201d

Amanda Garcia, a 14-year-old tribal member, said everyone she knows opposes a wall. It\u2019s hard enough to visit her family members in Mexico as it is, she said. She is worried about animals not being able to cross the border and is writing a research paper about it for a class at Baboquivari High School.

\u201cOur generation is going to be left with environmental damage in the future,\u201d she said.

Albert Francisco, a 34-year-old student at Tohono O\u2019odham Community College, said he\u2019s afraid of the government\u2019s power. And as a single dad he worries about his daughter\u2019s future.

\u201cWe\u2019re not rich out here,\u201d said Francisco. \u201cIf we get (Trump) mad, I don\u2019t know if he\u2019ll take things away from us.\u201d

\u2018Our home\u2019

The executive order on border security calls for a comprehensive study of the southern U.S. border to be completed within 180 days. The study should include the current state of border security, the order says.

Tribal leaders want to make sure the Tohono O\u2019odham Nation has a place at the table for that study, but emphasize that the clock is ticking.

\u201cWe are a sovereign nation and they have to talk to us before they make a decision,\u201d Manuel said.

People living near the border should be able to watch the sun set behind a mountain, and not a wall, tribal member Sienna Ventura, 14, wrote Friday in a letter to U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican.

\u201cYou are our voice when it comes to the White House, but if they come to us we will be the voice for our tribe,\u201d she wrote. \u201cOur land is our home.\u201d

In an emailed statement to the Star, Flake suggested securing the border might not mean a contiguous wall.

\u201cWe need to ensure that we have a secure border using the most effective barriers, which might mean a wall in some places or a fence in others, as well as the right combination of manpower and surveillance,\u201d he wrote. \u201cArizona communities along the border should be a part of the discussion and planning as they are of the most affected.\u201d

A physical wall on tribal land could also raise constitutional issues in terms of the federal government\u2019s trust responsibilities to the tribe, said Dinah Bear, former chief lawyer for the Council on Environmental Quality under four U.S. presidents and now a Tucson resident.

\u201cBut before getting to court, I also think it would generate tremendous pushback from some Congressional members and tribes nationwide,\u201d she said.

Gestures of support

While Manuel and Jose were in D.C., the National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution opposing a continuous physical wall along the southern U.S. border without the consent of affected tribes.

On Feb. 10, the Inter Tribal Association of Arizona, which comprises 21 Arizona tribal governments, passed a similar resolution. Among other things, a continuous wall on the Southern U.S. border would \u201cfurther divide tribal historic lands and communities,\u201d the association said.

The Tohono O\u2019odham Legislative Council on Feb. 7 passed its own resolution \u2014 a five-page document that among other things says the reservation is \u201cnot public land.\u201d Rather, \u201cit is reserved for the benefit of the nation and its members, and the nation has a duty to ensure that tribal members\u2019 rights and the nation\u2019s sovereignty are protected,\u201d the resolution says.

The tribe wants the public to understand that it has already worked hard to create a secure border by working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. The reservation has two law enforcement centers in border areas that have historically had high levels of illegal activity.

Both the Tohono O\u2019odham Police Department and the U.S. Border Patrol work out of the centers in a cooperative partnership that is unique along the border, said Richard Saunders, executive director of the Tohono O\u2019odham Nation\u2019s Department of Public Safety.

Saunders began his career as a Tohono O\u2019odham police officer in 1987, back when the border was demarcated by a three-strand barbed wire fence. Members at one time traveled freely between the two countries.

But as security tightened at ports of entry during the 1990s, illegal activity was increasingly pushed into more remote areas like the Tohono O\u2019odham reservation.

Then 9/11 happened, and that was followed by the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which added the waist-high vehicle barriers to most of the reservation\u2019s border. And the number of federal personnel on the border increased significantly, Saunders said.

After the vehicle barriers went up, apprehensions along the border dropped \u2014 an 84 percent decline in the last decade. Still, the tribe spends $3 million per year on border-related issues, including police time, autopsies of migrants, and hospital costs for migrants who need medical care, tribal officials say.

Last year there were 85 death investigations of migrants who were found on the reservation, Saunders said.

Now, a plan for 15 surveillance towers within the Chukut Kuk and Gu-Vo border districts is underway. Some tribal members are opposing those, saying the Border Patrol\u2019s presence on the reservation has already hurt vegetation and animal habitat, and that the towers will only make it worse.

Nature disrupted

The sign that welcomes visitors to the reservation has an O\u2019odham phrase, \u201cSic Has Elid g Jewed,\u201d which means \u201cRespect the Land.\u201d Every stick and stone is sacred, every creature is sacred and has a significant part in the O\u2019odham way of life, Jose said.

One of the biggest worries for the tribe is how it will harm the Earth, Jose said Friday as he drove along a bumpy road beside the tribe\u2019s border with Mexico.

\u201cThe rattlesnakes don\u2019t know what season it is, the saguaros aren\u2019t blooming on schedule,\u201d he said. \u201cIt is what humans are doing to Mother Earth. In order for the world to be in balance, Mother Nature has to be in balance, too.\u201d

The remote tribal borderlands are dramatic, with jungles of mesquite trees, vast, thick stands of saguaros, mountains and sheer cliffs. It is this rugged desert of the tribe\u2019s borderlands that makes a solid wall unworkable in many locations, he said.

Jose last summer got attention for saying the border wall would be constructed \u201cover my dead body.\u201d He hasn\u2019t backed down from that statement, but stressed he doesn\u2019t want to be dead.

He\u2019d rather work together \u2014 to hold hands with the rest of the U.S. to solve the problem, he said.

\u201cIf we didn\u2019t care so much about the land, about our people, we wouldn\u2019t be raising a fuss,\u201d Jose said.

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