This is hard rock mining. Is this what we want in our Public Lands?


Mining Law Reform Issues in Arizona:


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Although Obama signed the bill without a blink for $20 billions in earmark projects, the Oak Flat giveaway can be repealed!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:

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), Martin Heinrich (NM), Tammy Baldwin (WI) Introduce Save Oak Flat Act:
S. 2242

Following on AZ Rep. Grijalva introducing Save Oak Flat Bill in House (H.R. 2811)

Save Oak Flat Act

Excerpt from Bill S. 2242:
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

San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler Testimony
Natural Resource Commitee, U.S. Congress, 2013

Click here for Video of Senate Hearing on Bill S.339

Testimony by San Carlos Chairman Terry Rambler

San Carlos Report on Mining Operation

Oak Flat and Rio Tinto: The Law, the Lies, and
the Queen Valley Confrontation

Click here for informative Video on Oak Flat

by Ezekiel Kelly

Apache Stronghold Website

For the sake of posterity here's the historical documents, Bills and timeline:

Meetings, reports and Bills 2006-2008

Actions, reports and bill 2009

Actions, reports, bill 2010

Report to Congress 2011

Report to Congress re: Jobs 2011

Report to Congress 2013

Latest: Honor our National Forests—they are up for non-sustainable destruction by mining

170 projects being processed in 44 National Forests!!

Save our Trees!!

Report to Congress on protecting our National Forests from Forest Fires

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Another reason for mining law reform—coal mining

The Coal Baron on Trial in Appalachia

The New York Times Opinion Pages | EDITORIAL

“Run coal!” was the signature command Donald Blankenship issued to underlings when he reigned as the fearsome baron of Big Coal in the mines of Appalachia . His mantra of profits above all else is at the core of the current criminal trial of Mr. Blankenship on charges of conspiring to violate health and safety laws, and scheming to foil mine investigators in connection with the Upper Big Branch mine explosion that killed 29 coal miners more than five years ago in Raleigh County, W.Va.   (read more)

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The Reality—still not convinced? Check out this photo album!

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