Members of local Indigenous tribes represented both protesters and supporters of Donald Trump’s March 19 rally held in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
The rally, which was delayed due to a blockade held by more than one hundred anti-Trump protesters, attracted a diverse crowd of attendees. This included Trump supporters, anti-Trump protesters, and people who were curious to hear the presidential candidate’s words in person.
Among the crowd were members of Arizona’s Indigenous nations and they represented both sides of the political spectrum. Most, however, stated they opposed Trump’s candidacy.
Ari, who did not provide her last name, lives in the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and mentioned her family was inspired to attend the rally after seeing footage of the blockade on the news earlier that morning.
“We thought, you know, it would be cool to come here and make some signs,” said Ari. She sat on the ground, holding a sign that read “Native Lives Matter.”
“We haven’t gotten much hate on this other than the occasional ‘all lives matter’ from non-Natives. It’s only happened a couple times. It’s mostly been support,” Ari said. “We did have someone stop and tell us we have to be careful because we don’t know how [the Trump supporters] are going to react.”