The US government is about to handover a beautiful stretch of national forest held sacred by the local Apache tribe -- to a giant foreign mining company. Tribal leaders are doing all they can to stop this terrible mining project and if we join their call now we can help save this sacred land.
Our country’s shameful, criminal mistreatment of Native Americans is no secret. And when Arizona lawmakers snuck this mining proposal into a critical national defense bill last year, Apache leaders and activists vowed to fight back. That pressure is working and right now Congress is considering whether to stop the mining project. If we back the Apache’s call with tens of thousands of voices nationwide, we can help protect this land for good.
The Oak Flat area of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona has had protected status since the Eisenhower Administration, out of recognition of its natural beauty and cultural significance. The local San Carlos Apache use if for coming of age ceremonies and other rituals. Repeated attempts to open the land up to mining have failed to pass Congress. That’s why Arizona’s Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake’s decision to tie the provision to a critical national defense vote last year was so cynical.
Supporters of the mining plan say it will bring jobs to the area, but local leaders question the benefits and highlight the cost. That cost is clear: A massive 2 mile-long copper mine at Oak Flat would destroy a holy site that Apache have used since time immemorial.
Next month, tribal leaders are planning a cross-country trip to DC to defend the land that's hosted important ceremonies for generations. If enough of us stand with the Apache, we can meet them on arrival and build a huge groundswell of support for their courageous fight on Capitol Hill. Sign and share this petition to show your support of the Apache.
Let’s join the fight to protect this sacred land.