WASHINGTON – Members of the Apache Stronghold will march from Lafayette Square at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning to the West Lawn of the US Capitol to mark the end of a spiritual journey across the country to protest a bill sneaked in as a rider in the National Defense Authorization Act by Senator John McCain, and Arizona's junior Senator Jeff Flake, which was approved by Congress in the closing hours of it's last session. That rider traded away Apache sacred land to allow a massive copper mine.
The caravan left Arizona in early July, traveling some 2,000 miles as part of a growing movement to save Oak Flat, where native people have held religious and coming-of-age ceremonies for generations. The copper mine would leave a huge crater—1.8 mile wide and wipe out streams, springs and wildlife habitat. The caravan was in New York City’s Times Square on Friday and arrived in Washington this Monday evening.