Apache Stronghold & Tribal Positions, Documents & Testimonies
Dr. Wendsler Nosie Sr., Founder, &
Former Chairman & Counselman, San Carlos Apache Tribe
October 8, 2021 | Apache Stronghold Letter to Tribal Leaders
| PLEASE READ! All AZ tribes and indigenous peoples across the country will be deeply impacted. If you have any questions please contact the Apache-stronghold.com
~ Dr. Wendsler Nosie Sr.
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." ~ Dr. Wendsler Nosie Sr., Apache Stronghold
White Mountain Apache Cultural Center
Ramon Riley, Cultural Director
Nohwike' Bagowah Culture Center
White Mountain Apache Tribe
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.
San Carlos Apache Tribe
Terry Rambler, Tribal Chairman
Inter Tribal Association of Arizona 21 Tribal Nations
United South and Eastern Tribes Incorporated (USET)
Intertribal organization comprised of twenty-six (26) federally recognized Tribes - USET Resolution No. 2015:033 - Support for Repeal of Section 3003 of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, The Southeast Arizonal Land Exchange - Download PDF
Other Native American Tribes Supporting the Save Oak Flat Act
(as submitted to H.R. 1884 Congressional Hearings)
Tribal Collective Letter - On behalf of the undersigned tribal organizations, we write to show our support for the enactment of H.R. 1885/S.915, the Save Oak Flat Act. Collectively, we advocate on behalf of Tribal Nations from across the country.
Legislative Hearings To Repeal the Oak Flat Land Exchange
April 13, 2021, Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States
March 12, 2020, Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States
The Irreparable Environmental and Cultural Impacts of the Proposed Resolution Copper Mining Operation
- Naelyn Pike, Youth Organizer, Apache Stronghold Written Testimony | Watch Testimony
- Wendsler Nosie, Sr., Founder, Apache Stronghold; and Former Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe Written Testimony | Watch Testimony
- Written Testimony of Kevin J. Allis, Chief Executive Officer National Congress of American Indians | Watch Testimony
- Steven H. Emerman, Ph.D. Testimony | Watch Testimony | Watch closing Q &A statement. Dr. Emerman is brought to tears
- Written Testimony of James Wells, PhD, Environmental Geologist L. Everett & Associates, Environmental Consultants | Watch Testimony
- Testimony for the Record Roy Chavez, Chair, Concerned Citizens and Retired Miners Coalition Superior, Arizona | Watch Testimony
Prior Years of Congressional Hearing Testimonies
- Statement of Joel Holtrop Deputy Chief, National Forest System U.S. Forest Service U.S. Department of Agriculture before the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests Committee on Energy and Natural Resources U.S. Senate June 17, 2009
- 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.