Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Signature needed: Give Native Americans back their sacred land‏

Tell Congress: Give Native Americans back their sacred land. Click here to sign the petition.

For years, Resolution Copper has sought access to a copper deposit in eastern Arizona at a site called Oak Flat, which has been home to the San Carlos Apache Nation’s traditional acorn and medicinal herb collecting and religious ceremonies for centuries. Oak Flat itself is a significant cultural site for the San Carlos Apache. The mountain's waters feed Gaan Canyon, a significant cultural and religious site. The location also includes Apache Leap, an escarpment of equal cultural importance.

The San Carlos Apache fear their sacred lands will collapse or be damaged by the intensive block cave mining Resolution Copper proposes; however, their concerns have fallen on deaf ears.

Last Congress, Arizona’s Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake snuck a swap provision into a must-pass defense spending bill, knowing President Obama couldn’t reject it. Now, the San Carlos Apache are facing complete and permanent destruction of their sacred sites.

The line on treating Indian Country2 with disrespect must be drawn. It’s time for Congress to do the right thing and uphold its commitment to Native Americans and protect their sacred lands.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition urging Congress to give Native Americans back their sacred land at Oak Flat?

Thank you for your support.

Rep. Raul Grijalva

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