Articles Archive 2021

Learn more about the fight to save Chi’chil Biłdagoteel (Oak Flat). News media and articles below are just a few of dozens that have been written about the fight to protect Save Oak Flat over the many years battle to protect Oak Flat.

SEE ALSO:  RE: Rio Tinto & BHP 
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Apache Stronghold protesters deliver message to Sen. Mark Kelly: Save Oak Flat | Arizona Republic | Debra Utacia Krol, Dec. 2, 2021
Rio Verde to be cut off from water supply due to drought | Phoenix New Times | Patrick Hayes, December 2, 2021
Superior's Unusual Water System is tied to its mining past...and its future | Pinal Central | Aaron Dorman, December 1, 2021
Born to Fight | Patagonia | Andrew O’Reilly, The story of  Naelyn Pike, a 21-year-old Chiricahua Apache, and her fight to keep sacred Apache land from becoming a copper mine.
Indigenous people find legal, cultural barriers to protect sacred spaces off tribal lands | Debra Utacia Krol, Arizona Republic, Updated Nov. 24, 2021 | Tribes are challenged by outdated, ineffective laws and a misunderstanding of their religious practices on sacred lands. In this series: The issues: Blythe Intaglios; Oak Flat; South Mountain; San Francisco Peaks; Mount Graham
Superior community shows generational divide over views on copper mine, Oak Flat | Pinal Central | Aaron Dorman, November 9, 2021
As copper mine fight continues, vandals strike sacred altar at Oak Flat | Arizona Republic | Debra Utacia Krol, Oct 30, 2021 | Video Interview
Why Protecting Tribal Rights Is Key to Fighting Climate Change | Yale Environment 360 | By Jeremy Deaton, October 27, 2021 | Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians, talks with Yale Environment 360 about how climate change is hitting Native Americans especially hard and why protecting tribal sovereignty is critical for tackling the climate crisis
Take it from a longtime miner: Oak Flat must be saved. We don't need mining here anymore | Arizona Republic | Op-ed Henry Munoz, October 26, 2021
The Fight for Indigenous Religious Freedom | WAMU | October 25, 2021
Apache Stronghold makes 'spiritual convoy' to San Francisco to argue against Oak Flat mine | Arizona Republic | Debra Utacia Krol, October 23, 2021.
Even while inactive, Resolution Mine operates at daunting scale | Pinal Central, Florence Tribune | Aaron Dorman, October 20, 2021
Ahead of hearing on Oak Flat, a 'spiritual convoy' travels to court | Arizona Public Media | Emma Gibson, October 15, 2021
‘Spiritual convoy’ heads to California hearing on Apache sacred site at Oak Flat |  Religion News | Alejandra Molina October 6, 2021
Our 'church' is at risk | Indian Country Today Interview (@6:41) with Chairman Terry Rambler, San Carlos Apache Tribe regarding the fight to save Oak Flat, September 29, 2021
Oak Flat Update From Wendsler Nosie Sr. | Apache Messenger, September 29, 2021
Oak Flat is 'irreplaceable.' Congress must act now to save it. Op-ed by Terry Rambler, San Carlos Apache Tribe | Arizona Mirror, September 28, 2021 
New poll shows strong opposition to the proposed copper mine at Oak Flat | Arizona Public Media | Emma Gibson, September 23, 2021
Poll: 3 in 4 Arizonans Oppose Resolution Copper Mine, Support Protecting Sacred Oak Flat | Center for Biological Diversity | News Release, September 22, 2021
How the House reconciliation bill scraps Resolution Copper mine in Oak Flat | AZMirror | Jacob Fischler,  September 13, 2021
U.S. House committee moves to block Rio Tinto's Resolution mine | Reuters | Ernest Scheyder, September 10, 2021
Rio Tinto yet to pay compensation over sacred site destruction | Reuters | Melanie Burton, August 28, 2021
Water Scarcity Is Starting to Bite in Biggest Copper Supplier | Bloomberg | James Attwood and Thomas Biesheuvel, August 20, 2021 | "In Chile this week, a BHP Group mine was ordered to halt groundwater pumping for three months...".
Oak Flat: A place of prayer faces obliteration by a copper mine, Oak Flat, a site sacred to Apache and other Native peoples, may soon become a huge sinkhole in a growing demand for copper | Arizona Republic | Debra Utacia Krol, August 18, 2021 
Members of Apache Tribe Continue to Fight for Oak Flat | Arizona Republic | Cheryl Evans, August 18, 2021
Sacred Spaces; Indigenous people find legal, cultural barriers to protect sacred spaces off tribal lands | Arizona Republic | Debra Utacia Krol, August 16, 2021- 1st in 6 part series
The Apache community running to rescue its holy mountain | High Country News | Molly Peters, August 10, 2021
Rio Tinto Mismanagement Caused Mongolia Copper Mine’s Woes, Report Says | Wall Street Journal | Alistair MacDonald and Rhiannon Hoyle, Aug. 9, 2021
Congress Must Pass Save Oak Flat Act to Protect Sacred Land in Arizona From Massive Copper Mine | Center for Biological Diversity For Immediate Release, July 8, 2021 
Will the Biden administration stop the cultural and environmental atrocity at Oak Flat? | Los Angelas Times, Terry Rambler, Chairman San Carlos Apache Tribe, June 11, 2021
Tribe cites 169-year-old treaty as key argument against copper mining near reservation | KGUN9 On Your Side, Tucson | Rogelio Mares, June 9, 2021
Biden Administration Says Oak Flat Land Swap Should Proceed Despite Lawsuit | Phoenix New Times | Josh Kelety, June 2, 2021
My ancestral ties to the Oak Flat area | Silver Belt | Terry Rambler San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman, May 5, 2021
Save Oak Flat Act has passed out of U.S. House committee | Arizona Public Media | Emma Gibson, May 3, 2021
Why the Camp Grant Massacre Matters Today | Sapiens | Chip Colwell, April 30, 2021 | Vigilantes attacked a peaceful encampment of Apache people in Arizona 150 years ago. Now their descendants are fighting to protect their homeland from a proposed copper mine at Oak Flat.
U.S. Interior Dept. moves to restore Native American land | Reuters | Valerie Volcovici, April 27, 2021
Conservative legal experts take up Apache Oak Flat religious freedom case | National Catholic Reporter | Brian Roewe, April 19, 2021
Evasion and hypocrisy: the 2021 Rio Tinto plc AGM | London Mining Network, Apr 14, 2021
     Report by Richard Solly, Co-ordinator, London Mining Network, with assistance from Dina Rui, Roger Featherstone, Sukhgerel Dugersuren, Yvonne Orengo and Zoe Lujic

Arizonans attend board meeting of international company proposing copper mine at Oak Flat
     Leaders in the effort to oppose the mining project ask shareholders to abandon the project and leave Arizona. | Arizona Public Media | Emma Gibson, April 12, 2021
This land is sacred to the Apache, and they are fighting to save it | Washington Post | Dana Hedgpeth, April 12, 2021
ACHP Issues Comments to USDA on Resolution Copper Project and Southeast Arizona Land Exchange | Press Release Advisory Counsil on Historic Preservation, March 29, 2021
Ariz. governor urges USDA to complete copper mine land swap | E&E News | James Marshall, March 22, 2021 (subscription only access)
Apaches Push 9th Circ. To Halt Copper Mine Land Exchange | Law360 |  Andrew Westney, March 19, 2021 (subscription only access)
Rio investors push for more indigenous engagement amid Apache struggle | The Sydney Morning Herald | Nick Toscano, March 9, 2021
Rio’s new ‘woke’ boss has another culturally sensitive issue on his plate | The Sydney Morning Herald | Elizabeth Knight, March 9, 2021
Apache Stronghold forces U.S. government retreat | Workers World | By a guest author posted on March 9, 2021
Bikers, bands and barristers: Oak Flat copper mine plan draws a wide range of opponents | Arizona Republic | Debra Utacia Krol, March 7, 2021
Resilience and patience pay off | Indian Country Today, March 5, 2021 | Watch Naelyn Pike interview at 9:26 into the video
Why Oak Flat in Arizona is a sacred space for the Apache and other Native Americans | RNS |  Alejandra Molina, Emily McFarlan Miller March 5, 2021
TISN: US Department of Agriculture delays Oak Flat transfer | Christian Peacemaker Teams | Carol Rose, March 5, 2021
We've got an unholy view of Native American holy sites like Oak Flat | Opinion: Would we take the same view of a copper mining proposal like Oak Flat if it was under a Christian site? | Arizona Republic | EJ Montini March 3, 2021
NBC Today Broadcast and ArticleSacred Apache land 'on death row' in standoff with foreign mining titansTribal members in Arizona are fighting to protect a piece of land they consider their "Mount Sinai." | By Christine Romo, Cynthia McFadden, Kit Ramgopal and Rich Schapiro, March 3, 2021 | Also on YouTube:
Oak Flat Land Swap Decision Withdrawn | Sierra Club | Sandy Bahr, March 1, 2021
Forest Service Puts Sacred Oak Flat Land Giveaway on Temporary Hold "For Several Months" For Immediate Release March 1, 2021 Apache Stronghold News Release
Feds withdraw environmental impact statement, delaying Oak Flat land swap | Arizona Republic | Debra Utacia Krol, March 1, 2021 
US Forest Service temporarily halts transfer of Native American sacred site Oak Flat | RNS Religious News Service | Emily McFarlan Miller, March 1, 2021 
USDA puts brakes on land transfer for Arizona copper mine | AP News | Felicia Fonseca, 03/01/2021
Students running to protest Oak Flat mining plan | Arizona Daily Sun | Sam McManis February 26, 2021
Hundreds of Groups Urge Biden to Protect Oak Flat, Reject Environmental Analysis | Center For Biological Diversity | February 9, 2021
Emotional court hearing follows vigil by Oak Flat supporters who oppose copper mine | Arizona Republic | Debra Utacia Krol, February 4, 2021
Our tribe is not 'at the table shaping' Resolution Copper's mine. It's an abomination | AZCentral | Opinion: Let me say it flatly: There is no agreement between the San Carlos Apache Tribe and Resolution Copper. Its mine would destroy Oak Flat, which is sacred to us. Terry Rambler opinion contributor, February 4, 2021
San Carlos Tribal members run to advocate for Oak Flat | Arizona Public Media | Emma Gibson, February 2, 2021
Fight For Oak Flat - Biden Administration Policies Could Block the Mining Project | Part 3 of 3 part series, ABC15 | Claudia Rupich, February 2, 2021
Fight For Oak Flat - Supporters for Resolution Copper Cite Jobs and Economy | Part 2 of 3 part series, ABC15 | Claudia Rupich, February 1, 2021
Fight for Oak Flat - Mining company one step closer to building copper mine on sacred land - | Article & video | Part 1 of 3 part series 
Part 1 of 3 part series (YouTube) ABC15 Arizona | Claudia Rupcich, Jan 31, 2021
Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships | Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies,  President Joseph R. Biden Jr., January 26, 2021
Apache hold lien on Oak Flat, preliminary injunction hearing scheduled for Jan. 27 | Arizona Silverbelt | Submitted by Apache Messenger , January 24, 2021
Controversial Oak Flat mine moves closer to reality | Arizona Public Media / The Buzz, NPR Radio | Ariana Brocious, January 22, 2021
Oak Flat - Judge Orders Hearings, Halts Land Transfer for 55 Days | Censored News | Apache Stronghold, January 16, 2017
Outcry as Trump officials to transfer sacred Native American land to miners | The Guardian | Annette McGivney, January 16, 2021
Sacred Native American land to be traded to a foreign mining giant | National Geographic | by Douglas Main, Photos Ash Ponders, January 15, 2021
Judge denies Apache group seeking request to halt land swap | Associated Press | Belicia Fonseca, January 14, 2021
A Final Stand Seeks To Save Holy Apache Land in Arizona's High Desert | Huffpost | Chris D’Angelo, Photos Caitlin O’Hara, January 14, 2021
Apache group sues to stop Oak Flat land swap, site of a planned copper mine| Arizona Republic | by Debra Utacia Kro, January 12, 2021
Land swap of Oak Flat due to start Friday | AZPM News | Emma Gibson, January 12, 2021
Resolution Copper Continues to Deny Cultural Ties | Apache Messenger | Naelyn Pike, January 6, 2021
Day of Prayer and Action - Save Oak | Apache Messenger | January 7, 2021