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Although Obama signed the bill without a blink for $20 billions in earmark projects, the Oak Flat giveaway can be repealed!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 targeting different officials:
Latest petition to Save Oak Flat, sacred ceremonial ground, historical Apache summer home, hundreds of trees in our National Forest, water supply for the National Forest
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), Martin Heinrich (NM), Tammy Baldwin (WI) Introduce Save Oak Flat Act:
Following on AZ Rep. Grijalva introducing Save Oak Flat Bill in House (H.R. 2811)
Save Oak Flat Act
Excerpt from Bill S. 2242: SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds as follows:
Congress finds as follows: Section 3003 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. ‘‘Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (16 U.S.C. 539p) authorizes approximately 2,422 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, 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. The mining project will also create significant negative environmental impacts by destroying the area and depleting and contaminating precious water resources.
Please contact the Senators of the Energy and Natural Resource Committee request that they support the Save Oak Flat Act. Contact List: SenatorNRCommittee
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