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Tohono O’odham Leader Responds To Negative Gosar Post

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Sara Mae Williams

A member of the Tohono O'odham Nation who ran for political office in the district that includes southern Yuma County spoke out against an online post by U.S. Representative Paul Gosar that refers to the Native American tribe as “known for rampant drug smuggling.”

Sara Mae Williams spoke to KAWC about the post, where Gosar shared an article from the Daily Caller, a Conservative publication. The article said “House Democrats invited the leader of the Tohono O’odham Nation to speak out against construction of the U.S.-Mexico wall, despite the tribe’s long history of cross-border drug smuggling.”

In 2018, Williams was the Green Party candidate for Arizona state representative in District 4. She lost to incumbents Charlene Fernandez and Gerae Peten.

Williams said she has discussed the article with her fellow community leaders.

“I believe that he’s taking words and he’s misconstruing them to his advantage to push the border wall,” Williams told KAWC.

Williams said she hopes for dialogue between Border Patrol leaders and Tohono O’odham community members that will lead to more trust between the two groups.

Gosar shared the article on his Twitter account writing “Arizona’s border lands & our environmental laws are exploited by drug cartels, human traffickers, and illegal aliens to gain entry into our Country. In order to protect our communities from these vicious criminals, we need to #BuildTheWall.”

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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