TAKE ACTION! Ways to help save Oak Flat
Chi’chil Biłdagoteel (Oak Flat) is a sacred site for the San Carlos Apache—a place to pray, collect water and medicinal plants, gather acorns, honor the people who are buried there, and perform sacred ceremonies. In 2014, the United States government promised the land to a copper mining company to build a two mile wide mine. Wendsler Nosie Sr. returned home to this space in November 2019 and asks us to join him in prayer and action to prevent the destruction of Oak Flat. The Resolution Copper Project would create one of the largest copper mines in the United States.
CONTACT WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Requests to White House
1) Stop the U.S. Forest Service from giving sacred Oak Flat to foreign-owned Resolution Copper
2) Actively support the Save Oak Flat Act, H.R. 1884 and S. 915
SAVE OAK FLAT ACT .
Below are multiple ways to contact your congressional leaders to ask them to cosponsor and support H.R. 1884 and S.915 (117th Congress 2021-2022). The Save Oak Flat Act will repeal Section 3003 of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. H.R.1884 | S.915
What's at Stake? Listen to expert witness testimonies
Pray: Calling all people of faith, all religions to pray for Oak Flat
- Please ground all actions in prayer.
- Pray in your own manner, organize others to pray with you
- Find a prayer practice that fits you—take a walk, light a candle, sit quietly...
- Reach out to your religious and spiritual leaders and congregations to ask for prayers for Oak Flat.
- Set intention for the safety and wellbeing of Oak Flat, of all life and water of that Sacred site and of all who defend it, for the passing of the Save Oak Flat Act by Congress.
- Pray for Wendsler’s safety, the San Carlos Apache Nation, the fresh water that runs at Oak Flat, action in Congress, the trees, plants, and animals in danger.
Aids to prayer for Oak Flat
Physical Presence and Prayer at Sacred Oak Flat
Go camping by yourself or with family at Oak Flat. Visit Oak Flat for a day to pray in your own manner. Please be mindful the Oak Flat campground is located within an Apache Sacred site. Please respect it as you would respect any place of worship. This is not an occupation camp. Apache Stronghold does not promote large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. If you come to Oak Flat, please follow all CDC guidelines to keep yourself, loved ones, and others safe.
Display Protect Oak Flat yard sign by your tent or camper. Buy Protect Oak Flat Yard Sign
Make Oak Flat visible on social and other media
Post videos, repost news stories to your social media accounts
Promote Oak Flat with a Zoom virtual background - Add an Oak Flat Landscape to your Zoom background picture. See: Take Action Gallery for background pictures. A link to a Zoom Virtual Background tutorial is provided.
Write a Letter to the Editor of local newspaper about how you feel about Oak Flat & why it's important to you.
Spread the word - Talk to friends, family, neighbors, groups and faith leaders.
Host a digital “house meeting” & watch one of the multimedia videos to discuss & take action.
Participate in Online Events & Webinars | See EVENTS for more info.
Rio Tinto & Resolution Copper
Call, write or publish a public letter to Rio Tinto and Resolution Copper insisting that they pull out of all plans related to future mining in Oak Flat. There is no possible mitigation for the destruction of sacred land. Rio Tinto Chairman Simon Thompson, said the company would “never again” allow this type of destruction to take place. Rio Tinto has promised to act “in ways that are sensitive and responsive to the values and expectations of Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities.”
Learn more about Rio Tinto & Resolution Copper Project
- 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.
- Rio Tinto's chairman to step down in latest shakeup following Indigenous cave destruction | CNN Business | Laura He, March 2, 2021