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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.

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Tribe cites 169-year-old treaty as key argument against copper mining near reservation | KGUN9 On Your Side, Tucson | Rogelio Mares, June 9, 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


The Trump administration is pushing through approval of mining and energy projects on public lands. | New York Times | Eric Lipton, Dec 30, 2020

The Mine at Oak Flat: A Timeline of Government Bad Faith | Moyers on Demacracy | Asa Burroughs, December 29, 2020

Oak Flat is sacred to the Apache – of course Trump wants to bulldoze it for a copper mine | Red Green and Blue | Michael Brune, Sierra Club, Dec 21, 2020

The Trump Administration’s Lasting Impact on Indian Country | High Country News | Anna V. Smith, Dec 16, 2020

Oak Flat Is Sacred -- Not a Sacrifice Zone | Sierra Club | Michael Brune, December 18, 2020

Oak Flat is Sacred, and not only to the San Carlos Apache! | Carol Rose, co-pastor of Shalom Mennonite Fellowship in Tucson, AZ December 16, 2020

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Blasts Forest Service on Rushed Resolution Copper Process | AZ Mining Oversight Oak Flat Mining Dec 15, 2020

Op-Ed: Trump is making a last-minute push to turn a sacred Arizona oasis into a copper pit | Las Angeles Times | James Pogue, December 13, 2020

Did feds fast-track Resolution Copper mine project in Trump's last days? Foes say 'yes' | Arizona Republic | Debra Utacia Krol, December 11, 2020

Protect Oak Flat | Pueblo Action Alliance | December 10, 2020

US to approve Arizona mine land deal Indigenous group opposes | Aljazeera | December 8, 2020

Trump admin accused of rushing to approve mining deal on land held sacred by Native Americans | The Hill | Joseph Guzman, December 7, 2020

With a month to stop a mine, he's occupying a sacred site | Green Rocks Newsletter | Ian Morse, December 3, 2020

Next Step Set For This Month In Oak Flat Copper Mine Deal | KJZZ | Katherine Davis-Young, December 1, 2020

Trump Is About to Hand Over Sacred Apache Land to a Mining Company | Vice News | Ian Kumamoto, November 26, 2020

Save Sacred Oak Flat Federal Land and Stop Giveaway to Foreign-Owned Resolution Copper | NCAI, National Congress of American Indians Nov 25, 2020

Trump Admin Is Rushing to Mine Sacred Tribal Land in Arizona| EcoWatch | Carly Nairn, Nov. 25, 2020

Copper rush: Opponents worry feds have fast-tracked Resolution mine |Cronkite News | Claire Chandler, November 25, 2020

Oak Flat Land Exchange On Schedule To Be Finalized In December | KNAU Arizona NPR Affiliate | Ryan Heinsius, Nov 24, 2020

Revealed: Trump officials rush to mine desert haven native tribes consider holy | The Guardian |  AZ Congressman Grijalva, November 24, 2020
At Thanksgiving, the genocide continues | Mojave Watch | Steve Brown, November 24, 2020 
US House chairman asks Biden to block Rio Tinto/BHP Resolution copper JV | S&P & Global Market Intellegence | Jacob Holzman, November 19, 2020
Don't trust this mining company to protect Oak Flat. Look what it did in Australia | Arizona Central | Op-ed Raúl Grijalva | November 16, 2020
A Fight to Protect a Sacred Site (PDF) | Apache Messenger | Laak'os Parsons shares her 4th grade narrative essay about Oak Flat. November 11, 2020
Naelyn Pike: Apache Fighter and Sacred Site Protector | KCET | Olivia Riggio, September 16, 2020 
Rio's latest mistake: Putting a price on the priceless | The Sydney Morning Herald | Elizabeth Knight, August 28, 2020
Protecting Oak Flat, Mount Graham | Indian Country Today | Newscasts August 4, 2020
#PeopleOfPublicLands Feature Naelyn Pike | Sierra Club Facebook July 31, 2020
Spirit of the Mountain Runners: Apache Run from Oak Flat to Mount Graham | Brenda Norrell, Censored News July 23, 2020 | Letter to NFS Page 1Page 2
The Fight for Oak Flat Isn't Over Yet | Access Fund, July 13, 2020
Imagining Apache Stronghold: Saving, Protecting, Defending Sacred Oak Flat | Radical Imagination Episode 262 | Manhattan Neighborhood Network, March 29, 2020
Convicted former Flagstaff Rep. Renzi looks for presidential pardon | Arizona Daily Sun |Adrian Skabelund May 22, 2019 Updated Mar 2, 2020
Apache activist Wendsler Nosie followed a lifelong path to Resolution copper mine protest | Arizona Republic | Deb Utacia Krol | Jan 15, 2020 - Apache activist Wendsler Nosie Sr. uses spirituality, love and quiet prayer to advocate for environmental and cultural justice. See picture gallery here

2019 - 2006

A Sacred Place and A Sacred Quest to Save It | Osha Gray Davidson | HuffPost | Dec. 27, 2019
Razing Arizona:  The Spiritual Battle to Save Oak Flat | Jeff Kronenfeld | | Dec. 23, 2019
'Apaches Standing Strong to Defend Sacred Oak Flat From Mining' | Sandra Rambler, San Carlos Apache | Traditionally Speaking - Censored News | Dec. 6, 2019
Wendsler Nosie Sr. Returns to Oak Flat to Protect Sacred Land from Extraction | By Kairos Staff | | Dec. 2019
Protect Oak Flat | Caitlin O'Hara Photography
Apache Man is Moving "Home" to Protest Copper Mine in Arizona |  Felicia Fonesca | (AP) Washington Post | November 27, 2019
Is digging for copper at Oak Flat like mining Mt. Sinai? | EJ Montini, Arizona Republic  | Nov. 29, 2019
Apache Wendsler Nosie Going Home to Oak Flat | Vanessa Nosie | Censored News | Nov. 29, 2019
Apache Wendsler Nosie and Religious Leaders Will Guard Oak Flat, Join Them | Apache Stronghold | Censored News | Nov. 27, 2019
The Forest Service Ignored Apache Religion in Its Review of Oak Flat Copper Mine | Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times | October 15, 2019
San Carlos Apache Leader: Proposed Oak Flat Mine Is an Environmental Injustice | Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times | August 27, 2019
Save Oak Flat 2019 - Asher Underwood, Apr 16, 2019 
Why is No One Talking About the Land Battle in Oak Flat? | Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, Apr 2, 2019
Apaches fight "Murder" of Sacred Site | Janie Marie Stein, Enviornment Esperanza Project, Feb 15 2019
Media Advisory 02/08/19: 5th Annual Walk to Protect Oak Flat | Apache Stronghold leads the fifth year of 45-mile spiritual walk from San Carlos to Oak Flat
Oak Flat / Apache Leap | Earthworks, Jan 14, 2019
Rio Tinto attempts to bribe Arizona State Parks with land gift | Arizona Mining Reform Coalition, Nov 2018
US Colonization at Home and Abroad » Clearing the FOG Radio - July 20, 2018, We speak with San Carlos Apache Tribal Councilman Wendsler Nosie and Naelyn Pike, a leader in the Apache Stronghold movement.  
What's at Stake in Oak Flat? | Edible Baja Arizona Magazine, Nov 2017
Hundreds rally in Tucson in support of Oak Flat | The Daily Wildcat Nov 20, 2017
Respect Sacred Waters | Environmental Justice in the Southwest, Apr 9, 2017
Wendsler Nosie, Tracker of Evil at Santa Fe Plaza | Brenda Norrel | Censored News | September 11, 2017
Massive copper mine tests Trump's push to slash regulation | Emily Flitter, Reuters | Jul 12, 2017
Inside the fight against a mining development in Oak Flat | This episode of 'Rise' explores the Apache Stronghold occupation at Oak Flat, Arizona, Feb 3, 2017
Endangered Arizona | Arizona Highways Aug 2008, Oak Flat Campground Page 16, Aug 2008 Edition "To the Apache, Yavapai, Hopi and O’odham people, Oak Flat Campground near Superior is a spiritually significant part of their ancestral lands.....
Oak Flat - #11 Most Endangered Historic Places | National Trust for Historic Preservation | National Trust for Historic Preservation Press Release, Jun 24, 2016
San Carlos Apache bring fight against Oak Flat mine back to Congress | Navajo-Hopi Observer, Nov 10, 2015 | "Over a million people worlwide and in the US Stand with the San Carlos Apache."
White Mountain Apache Unite with San Carlos to Save Oak Flat | Sandra Rambler, Censored News, Aug 7, 2015
Apaches unite to fight Oak Flat Land Exchange | Eastern Arizona Courier, Aug. 5 2015
Alison Harrington: Defending Oak Flat and Deconstructing White Christian Privilege  " | Huffington Post, Jul 2015, "Last week, while addressing a crowd in Bolivia, Pope Francis asked for forgiveness: “I humbly ask forgiveness, not only for the offenses of the church herself, but also for crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America.”  
Apache leader: Unite to fight proposed copper mine | Arizona Daily Star, Jan 31, 2015 
All Nations Spiritual Gathering | Patagonia Area Resource Alliance | February 7, 2015
Copper mine will hurt tribes and the environment |  Arizona Daily Star December 28, 2014
"Once Again, The Fight for Religious Freedom in America Begins" | The Apache Messenger, December 22, 2014
Apache tribe distressed by privatization of sacred land | Emily Bregel Arizona Daily Star December 11, 2014
U.S. Department of the Interior "Statement by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, 12/9/14 - “With that said, I am profoundly disappointed with the Resolution Copper provision, which has no regard for lands considered sacred by nearby Indian tribes. The provision short circuits the long-standing and fundamental practice of pursuing meaningful government-to-government consultation with the 566 federally recognized tribes with whom we have a unique legal and trust responsibility.
Nosie Speech | United South & Eastern Tribes | USET February 5, 2014 - San Carlos Apache Tribal Council Member Wendsler Nosie, Sr. – Sacred Site
Rio Tinto Admits to Bribary Charges | The Moccasin | Sandra Rambler, March 31, 2010
Vegetation and Wildlife Survey by Sky Jacobs: Devil's Canyon, Tonto National Forest Prepared  for Bob Witzeman, Maricopa Audubon Society, May 2009
Arizona Congressman is Indicted | Wall Street Journal | John R. Wilke, Feb. 23, 2008
Investigation could impact copper, water deals | Arizona Geology, May 11, 2007 | The FBI investigation into a land deal involving Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi could affect the Resolution copper mine and water resources in the Upper San Pedro Basin, with further domino-like impacts.
Record of news reports on Land Exchange Bill S.2466 in chronological order | 1872 Mining Law Reform Info to read text of news reports on the Land Exchange Bill S.2466 that may no longer available on the web.

Land-Swap Plan Causes Trouble Congressman | The Wall Street Journal | By John R. Wilke, Apr 21, 2007


Apaches will defy mine that threatens sacred lands | My Turn:  Arizona Republic | Kathy W. Kitcheyan, Chairwoman of the San Carlos Apache, Aug 28, 2006, Editor's note: The following is in response to the Thursday editorial "Firm hand needed to guide mining deal," which supported efforts in Congress to effect a complex land exchange to enable the Resolution Copper Co. to begin site preparation for a huge underground copper mine near Superior.