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October 18, 2021 - Media Advisory, For Immediate Release, October 18, 2021, Becket Law, Apaches in court to save their sacred land Ninth Circuit to hear Apache Stronghold’s plea to save Oak Flat from destructionPDF | Word Document | Oral argument will be held virtually at this link: Live Video Streaming of Oral Arguments and Events  *The weblink will not be made available by the court until the morning of the oral argument on Fri. Oct. 22 (Apache Stronghold v. U.S., Case No. 21-15295) @ San Francisco Virtual Courtroom #3.  Attorney Luke Goodrich and Dr. Wendsler Nosie, Sr. will be available for comment immediately following the hearing. Join us for statements live on Twitter @BECKETlaw

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October 11, 2021 - Apache Stronghold Statement, Columbus Day - Today, we remember the ones before us, those who lived and gave us life. Others today are giving gratitude for Native People helping them survive in a world they were not accustom to, a world that life existed in balance with the Earth, Natures cycles and the animals who shared this world with us. We on the other hand are remembering and experiencing our losses and trying to hold onto who we are as people. Within the last 200 years we have experienced the trauma, upheaval of our lives and the destruction of the planet, our home lands taken and our Peoples colonized. Prior to the influx of these new people, we had already been challenged by Evil and many of the stories that were told to us and the prophecies carried down tell the history of the different battles with Evil and how it was slain and destroyed. But it told us it would return.
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October 8, 2021Apache Stronghold News Release 10/8/2021 | Apache Stronghold Spiritual Convoy to 9th Circuit Court - This statement comes to you with immense concern for the future of all our children and the entire Nigos'dzan (Mother Earth). We have come to a pivotal point in the protection of Chi'chil Bidagoteel, Oak Flat, which unites us together for the simple reason of protecting the future of our children, those yet to born and the world, Earth (Mother Earth). On October 22, 2021, Our Appeal on the motion for Temporary Restraining order and  Preliminary Injunction against the United States, USDA, and Tonto National Forest will be heard in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.  See Events for schedule updates.
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October 7, 2021RE: Freedom of Information Act Tracking Number 2021-FS-R3-05821-F | Final determination letter to Center For Biological Diversity from USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Regional Office regarding FOIA request. | Apache Stronghold response "This shows that the decision to swap the land was made prior to the completion of an appraisal of the value of the land(Oak Flat) to be traded. How can anyone accept this? Congressional leaders never had the best intention for anyone. Let's stand together to stop this. This sets the precedent that all places will be destroyed no matter what faith and without any care for the environment." - Wendsler Nosie Sr.
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October 3, 2021 | Apache Stronghold Letter to Rev. Barber | A request on our behalf for Pope Francis and the Vatican to renounce the Doctrine of Disccovery
September 29, 2021Oak Flat Update From Wendsler Nosie Sr. | Apache Messenger, Vol. 2 No. 39, 09/21/2021
September 28, 2021 |  Hydrogeologist reports that the proposed Resolution Mine severely threatens future groundwater supplies as Arizona faces unprecedented water cutbacks
September 28, 2021 | Apache Stronghold Spiritual Convoy to the 9th Circuit Court | As the fight continues to protect Oak Flat and our religion the 9th Circut Court has scheduled our court hearing for October 22, 2021. The Apache Stronghold is organizing a convoy to San Francisco. Please continue to Pray for Oak Flat and pray for the court to make the right decision to protect our holy place and acknowledge our religion so our future generations have the right to pray and believe in the blessed gift creator has given us all our Mother Earth.  This convoy is currently being organized. For updated information and tentative schedule visit our EVENTS page.
September 17, 2021 | News Release, Sunrise Ceremony - This weekend, a Sunrise Ceremony is underway at sacred Chi'chil Biłdagoteel (Oak Flat), during which an Apache girl will spiritually transform into a woman in the same way her female ancestors did before her, since time immemorial. The Sunrise Ceremony traditionally occurs in the spring or summer following a girl’s first menstrual cycle, and the ceremony this weekend is the last one planned to take place at Oak Flat for this season. Simultaneously, the future of Oak Flat, which is inextricable from the protection of the freedom of religion in the United States as a whole, hangs in the balance as the House of Representatives considers whether to move forward with the annual budget reconciliation bill, which currently includes the Save Oak Flat Act. If Congressional leaders decline to move forward in protecting Oak Flat, and it is given to Resolution Copper for guaranteed destruction in favor of corporate greed, the oldest religion in the country will be destroyed. Without action from Congress, there may never be another Sunrise Ceremony at Oak Flat after this weekend.

April 28, 2021 | House Natural Resources Committee Democrats, Full Committee Markup | Full Committee markup on Wednesday, April 28, to push legislation, including H.R. 1884 Save Oak Flat Act, to #BuildBackBetter​. Watch live 11:00 a.m. (EDT) or recorded version  https://youtu.be/U1aE4sdnueA
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03/19/2021 | Apaches Push 9th Circ. To Halt Copper Mine Land Exchange | Law360 (subscription only)
03/03/2021 | ACHP Letter to Acting Supervisor, Tom Torres, Tonto National Forest  | "FS leadership has advised us that the decisionto withdraw the FEIS has halted the statutorily requirement to transfer the land for this project following the publication of the FEIS. .."
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03/01/2021 | USDA puts brakes on land transfer for Arizona copper mine | AP News | Felicia Fonseca
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03/01/2021 | US Forest Service Rescinds Resolution Copper Final Impact Statement  | Arizona Mining Oversight, Oak Flat Mining | See Forest Service Statement 
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02/22/2021 | Chair Grijalva Leads Letter to Acting Sec. of Agriculture Urging Withdrawal of Flawed Analysis of Oak Flat Mining Project Rushed Out by Trump Admin.  Chair Grijalva and colleagues sent a letter to acting Secretary of Agriculture Kevin Shea on February 19 urging reconsideration of the document, given its rushed timing and clearly political nature...
 
02/17/2021 | Oak Flat Alert! Opportunity to Comment to ACHP on Effects to Historic Properties from Resolution Copper - National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers Newsletter
 

02/12/2021 |The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Council (ACHP) says mitigation commitments don't 'offset the destruction' of Oak Flat.   

02/11/2021 | ACHP Letter to Tom Torres, Acting Supervisor, Tonto National Forest | The ACHP notified the USFS that it was terminating consultation on the development of a Section 106 agreement with the USFS in the Resolution Copper Project.
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01/26/2021 | Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Review of Massive Arizona Copper Mine That Would Destroy Sacred Oak Flat | Tribal and conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service
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01/15/2021 | Tonto National Forest releases final Environmental Impact Statement, draft decision for Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange | The public may access the FEIS and draft ROD along with related documents on the project website at https://www.resolutionmineeis.us/
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01/09/2021 | Wendsler Nosie Sr. Oak Flat Announcement | Video Update
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01/08/2021 | ACHP Letter to US Forest Service | "It is our understanding that at this time, the USFS intends to release the FEIS on January 15, 2021...," 


NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2020

12/21/2020 | Congressional Letter to President-Elect Biden & Vice-President Elect Harris from members of Congress, Sharice L. Davids & Tom Cole 

12/15/2020 | ACHP Letter to Acting Supervisor, Tom Torres, Tonton National Forest regarding Assessment of Agency Official Compliance

11/25/2020 | Defending Holy Sites Call to Action, Dr. Wendsler Nosie Sr. | Video Updates

11/25/2020 | Save Sacred Oak Flat Federal Land and Stop Giveaway to Foreign-Owned Resolution Copper, NCAI, National Congress of American Indians

11/24/2020 | The Guardian, Revealed: Trump officials rush to mine desert haven native tribes consider holy

"Grijalva, who chairs the House natural resources committee, has asked the Forest Service to explain the reason for the accelerated timeline but as of late last week his staff had not received any clarification. Environmental groups are positioned to challenge the decision in court, while Grijalva and Senator Bernie Sanders have introduced a bill calling for the repeal of the land transfer. “If the land exchange happens, it will be difficult to roll back,” said Grijalva. “That is why this cannot be rushed. The Forest Service must do their due diligence because of what is at stake. The damage is irreparable.” 
 
11/19/2021 | NEWS FLASH! We have just learned that the Forest Service Plans to publish the Resolution Copper FEIS on January 15, 2021