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

Mining Law Reform Issues in Arizona:


Itinerary for San Carlos and Native American caravan to Washington, D.C. now available:

D.C. Caravan: July 5 to July 21

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.

Here's the reality: Oak Flat Campround of 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Although obama signed the bill without a blink for $20 billions in pet projects, the Oak Flat giveaway can be repealed!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

Arizona Mining Reform Coalition

Breaking news: AZ Rep. Grijalva introduces Bill to save Oak Flat

Save Oak Flat Act

Excerpt from Bill:
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

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

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

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

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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Current Action Items:

Report to Forest Service on ignoring the devastation of hardrock mining in their new Planning RuleProposed copper mine in Coronado National Forest illustrates the need for change Check out the 1872 mining law and misrepresentations. If FS followed the 1872 mining law--there would be no mining in our National Forests!Hazardous Waste Spills at Arizona mines illustrate the tragedy that could occur when mining on public lands

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

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