The Tohono O’odham Nation’s Pisinimo District council has banned armed National Guard observation teams from its land.
On Nov. 16, the District council approved a resolution that forbids armed National Guard troops, assisting the Border Patrol under Operation Jump Start, from using its mountains as observation posts.
The decision allows to the Guard to continue its support of the Border Patrol in other ways, including fixing fences and roads. According to tribal district officials, the Border Patrol has been notified of the decision.
The ban applies only to the Pisinimo district located on the Tohono O'odham Nation west of Tucson in an area known for drug trafficking and people smuggling.