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See Also:  APACHE STRONGHOLD PRESS RELEASES - For Immediate Release for Apache Stronghold Press Releases & Press Info


11/01/2021 |  Protect Oak Flat: Hate Crimes at Holy Ground - This past week a hate crime has occurred at Oak Flat. Watch video to see how you can help!
10/30/2021 |  As copper mine fight continues, vandals strike sacred altar at Oak Flat | Arizona Republic | Debra Utacia Krol, Oct 30, 2021 | Video Interview
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10/29/2021 |  "With a heavy heart I share the sad news that our Holy Ground Crosses at Oak Flat were destroyed. It bring sadness to our hearts that someone would do this. It is no different than a church being vandalized or set on fire. Please continue to pray for Oak Flat as evil is around.",  Apache Stronghold/Save Oak Flat on Twitter
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10/08/2021 |  Apache Stronghold News Release 10/8/2021 | Apache Stronghold Spiritual Convoy to 9th Circuit Court 
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10/07/2021  | RE: Freedom of Information Act Tracking Number 2021-FS-R3-05821-F |  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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09/29/2021 | Oak Flat Update From Wendsler Nosie Sr. | Apache Messenger, Vol. 2 No. 39, 09/21/2021
09/28/2021 | 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.  For information visit our EVENTS page.
09/22/2021 | Poll: 3 in 4 Arizonans Oppose Resolution Copper Mine, Support Protecting Sacred Oak Flat | News Release, Center for Biological Diversity
09/17/2021 | News Release, Sunrise Ceremony -  Without action from Congress, there may never be another Sunrise Ceremony at Oak Flat after this weekend.
06/02/2021 | Biden Administration Says Oak Flat Land Swap Should Proceed Despite Lawsuit | Phoenix New Times, Josh Kelety
04/28/2021 | House Natural Resources Committee Democrats, Full Committee Markup | Full Committee markup on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 to push legislation, including H.R. 1884 Save Oak Flat Act, to #BuildBackBetter​. Watch  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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03/02/2021 | Biden administration pauses transfer of holy Native American land to mining firm | The Guardian | Annette McGivney, March 2, 2021
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 sue 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