Senator John McCain—in the pocket of a foreign mining company—has sold out the trust of the American people in giving away National Forest land that was preserved and protected by two Republican Presidents: Eisenhower and Nixon—
for only $7,500 contribution in a non-election year!
Here's the reality: Oak Flat Campround in our National forest, now filled with centuries-old oak trees will look like this:
One-man government McCain turned over Oak Flat and Apache Leap for destruction
A bill for this project had been heard in the U.S. Senate every year since 2005 and it was never passed out of committee!!
This is what we would be losing because of McCain's personal grudge against the San Carlos Apaches -- it couldn't have been money. Rio Tinto only gave him a mere $7,500 contrituabion in a non-election year.
Although Obama signed the bill without a blink for $20 billions in earmark projects, the Oak Flat giveaway can be repealed!
Please help the San Carlos Apaches reach that goal by signing petitions that have been created by several groups that emphasize different issues and target different officials:
New AVAAZ pettitions is taking off--watch the signatures fly—in even at midnight--its 5 o'clock somewhere!!
Stand with the Apache: No mining on sacred land (already over one million signatures!)
Arizona Mining Reform Coalition
Novmber 14, 2015: Senators Bernie Sanders (VT) & Tammy Baldwin (WI) Introduce Save Oak Flat Act: S. 2242
AZ Rep. Grijalva introduces Bill to save Oak Flat
Save Oak Flat Act
Excerpt from Bill: SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds as follows:
(1) Section 3003 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ‘‘Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113–291) authorizes approximately 2422 acres of Forest Service land known as ‘‘Oak Flat'' in the Tonto National Forest in Southeastern Arizona that is sacred to Indian tribes in the region, including the San Carlos Apache Tribe and the Yavapai-Apache Nation, to be transferred to a mining company called Resolution Copper. That company plans to hold the Forest land privately for a mining project that will result in the physical destruction of tribal sacred areas and deprive American Indians from practicing their religions, ceremonies, and other traditional practices.
(3) The Tonto National Forest in which Oak Flat is located was established in 1905 from the ancestral homelands of the Tonto Apache and other American Indians who were forcibly removed at gun point from the Oak Flat area and other areas of the Tonto National Forest by the United States Army in the 1880's and imprisoned in other areas, including what is now the San Carlos Apache Reservation, located approximately 15 miles from Oak Flat, where Apaches were held as prisoners of war until the early 1900's.
Want to know more details? Here's a comprehensive report on the details
Photos of Swap Lands by Robert Witzman: Seven burned out ranches with no stands of old oaks
Vegetation and Wildlife Survey by Sky Jacobs: Devil's Canyon, Tonto National Forest
New York Times Opinion: Selling Off Apache Holy Land by Laura Milet