Apache Stronghold & Tribal Positions, Documents & Testimonies

Apache Stronghold
Dr. Wendsler Nosie Sr., Founder
Former Chairman, San Carlos Tribal Counselman
Comments on the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange Draft Environmental Impact Statement
as Submitted by the Apache Stronghold October 8, 2019 (Download PDF; 38 MB) Please be patient for download.

1852 Treaty between the U.S. and the Apache Nation of Indians,” sometimes referenced as the “Treaty of Santa Fe” (Articles of a treaty made and entered into at Santa Fe, New Mexico, on the first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two, by and between Col. E. V. Sumner, U.S.A., commanding the 9th Department and in charge of the executive office of New Mexico, and John Greiner, Indian agent in and for the Territory of New Mexico, and acting superintendent of Indian affairs of said Territory, representing the United States, and Cuentas, Azules, Blancito, Negrito, Capitan Simon, Capitan Vuelta, and Mangus Colorado, chiefs, acting on the part of the Apache Nation of Indians, situate and living within the limits of the United States.). Transcribed copy of the 1852 Treaty available online at https://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/apa1852.asp
SEE  APACHE STRONGHOLD PRESS RELEASES for more
Following the Feb. 3, 2021, Preliminary Injunction hearing:  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEBRUARY 4, 2021 DOJ ATTORNEY CLAIMS DESTRUCTION OF SACRED OAK FLAT PREVENTING RELIGIOUS PRACTICE "NOT A SUBSTANTIAL BURDEN" FOR APACHE. JUDGE PROMISES RULING BY FEBRUARY 12 
February 3, 2021 | Apache Stronghold v United States of America | Preliminary Injunction Hearing Court Transcript
December 14, 2021 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 14, 2021,  APACHE FILE LIEN ON OAK FLAT, TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER TO STOP LAND TRANSFER FROM FOREST SERVICE TO FOREIGN MINING COMPANY | Download PDF
December 13, 2021 | Media Advisory: Press Conference: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 13, 2021, Apache Stronghold to Host Virtual Press Conference | Download PDF
December 12, 2021  |  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JANUARY 12, 2021, APACHE SUE TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, SAVE OAK FLAT SACRED AREA FROM DESTRUCTION BY FOREIGN MINING COMPANY | Download PDF
December 20, 2020 | NEWS RELEASE - Apache Stronghold ( PDF) | FOREIGN MINERS’ GRAB OF APACHE SACRED LAND SUDDENLY HALTED
U.S. HISTORIC PRESERVATION AGENCY FINDS U.S. FOREST SERVICE VIOLATED NATIVE AMERICANS’ RIGHTS IN OAK FLAT SACRED LAND CRISIS, Rio Tinto and BHP’s Notorious Land Grab Must Be Reversed, The U.S. Must Stop Violating Native American Religious Freedom and Human Rights

November 14, 2020 -  Apache Stronghold Correspondence to Paul Edmondson, President & CEO, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C.  (PDF)  RE: Invitation & Request for NHPA Sec. 106 Assistance – Chí’chil Biłdagoteel National Historic District (Oak Flat), Western Apache Traditional Cultural Property & Sacred Place

November 13, 2020 - Apache Stronghold Correspondence to John Fowler, Executive Director, The President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Washington, DC (PDF) RE: Council NHPA §106 Compliance Review Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. §800.9(a) for the Proposed Resolution Copper Mine and Southeast Arizona Land Exchange Undertakings

November 21, 2019 - I'M GOING HOME FOR MY PEOPLE - Wendsler Nosie Sr. delivers letter of intent to USDA Forest Service on November 21, 2019. Wendsler will start his spiritual journey home to Chi'chil Bildagoteel on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 28, 2019. He will walk off the San Carlos Apache Reservation to return to his traditional homeland and Sacred mountain to take permanent residence.
March 8, 2016 - Letter to Congress " I submit this letter to call on the protection of our religious rights as indigenous people and the protection of Oak Flat and all sacred sites."

White Mountain Apache Cultural Center
Ramon Riley, Cultural Director
NAGPRA Representative
Nohwike' Bagowah Culture Center
White Mountain Apache Tribe

November 9, 2020 -
 Ramon Riley To Our U.S. Federal Government Trustees and Tribal Leaders 

Re:  Proposed Resolution Copper Mine and Land Exchange Impacts on First Amendment and Human Rights to Religious Freedom, Exercise and Beliefs

Responding due to a letter by Neil Bosworth, Forest Supervisor, Tonto National Forest (dated August 28, 2020, File Code: 1560) to the White Mountain Apache Chairwoman, Gwendena Lee Gatewood regarding the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange with Oak Flat to Resolution Copper.

Inter Tribal Association of Arizona 21 Tribal Nations
ITAA Resolution 0419- Support for Reapeal of Section 3003 of the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange, August 23, 2019 - Download PDF


The National Congress of American Indians
Resolution #MSP-15-001 - Support for Repeal of Section 3003 of the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange  Download PDF 


Hearing To Repeal the Oak Flat Land Exchange

March 12, 2020, Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States
The Irreparable Environmental and Cultural Impacts of the Proposed Resolution Copper Mining Operation
 

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Prior Years of Congressional Hearing Testimonies

 
  • BLM Statement regarding HR 687 - Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director Bureau of Land Management U.S. Department of the Interior Before the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy &  Mineral Resources Legislative Hearing on H.R. 687, Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act March 21, 2013 - The Administration has several concerns with the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act and cannot support H.R. 687 as written.Two of the Administration's principal concerns with the legislation pertain to the timing of NEPA analysis and tribal consultation.

  • Hearing Report - Mr. Hastings of Washington, from the Committee on Natural Resources, submitted the following Report together with DISSENTING VIEWS.  H.R. 687 will rob Native People of their heritage, local people of their water and the American people of valuable natural resources, all to benefit two large, foreign-owned mining corporations. This legislation is an abdication of our responsibilities as stewards of the public lands and the public trust and it should be rejected by the House.  ...  Finally, H.R. 687 trades away several sites that are sacred to Native People. The hearing record includes desperate pleas from the San Carlos Apache Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Yavapai-Apache Nation, Tonto Apache Tribe, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Hualapai Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Nation, Mesca-lero Apache Tribe, the Pueblo of Zuni and other Native Nations to respect their religious and cultural traditions. Instead, the bill waives compliance with NEPA, the Native American Graves Protection Act, and all other statutes that might give Tribes a voice. The final insult comes when the bill requires consultation with Native People—after the land exchange has occurred.