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"In the days ahead,
Chi’chil Biłdagoteel needs us.
We have been given strong indication that the Forest Service will be making their decision on the Oak Flat land exchange. This will immediately begin the process of handing over a sacred site to one of the largest mining companies in the world. For more than a decade, people all over the world have had eyes on Oak Flat. And on the ground, countless people have been in solidarity with the Apache people as they fight to protect Oak Flat. Oak Flat needs all of us now to come together."  Dr. Wendsler Nosie Sr.

Black & White photos (c) Steve Pavey

This month Native American high-school students from Phoenix, Arizona, will lead a team of advocates to Washington, D.C. to urge elected officials to defend Oak Flat, a holy site for the San Carlos Apache and other Tribes. This sacred place is threatened by a massive copper mine that will suck precious water, dump toxic waste and destroy wildlands. Tell Arizona's leaders in Congress to hear the message carried by Native youth and take action to protect the irreplaceable cultural values, biodiversity and crucial waters of this area by cosponsoring the bill.
Nov. 14, 2022 | Contact your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the Save Oak Flat Act  Action Alert, Arizona Mining Oversight, Oak Flat Mining

May 13, 2022 | Watch Video Statement, Wendsler Nosie Sr.
- Az representative from NW Phoenix district 8 introduced House bill to the natural resources committee to push the FEIS Thru for Resolution copper. With Arizona currently in a drought she is not representing her constituents. Call her office , your representatives, to revoke the bill . We do not support destruction of oak flat and the contamination of billions of gallons of ground water. Wendsler Nosie Sr.

May 13, 2022 Urgent Alert, Call to Action!
Today, U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) introduced H.R. 7722, the Unleashing American Resources Act, to require the Secretary of Agriculture to reissue the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange to allow the Arizona facility to immediately begin production. PLEASE CALL AZ Congresswoman Lesko. Tell her to withdraw H.R. 7722!
Washington Office: (202) 225-4576 | District Office, Surprise, AZ (623) 776-7911
Press Release:
H.R. 7722

Take Action! Ways to Help Protect Oak Flat

Biłdagoteel (Oak Flat) is a sacred site in the Tonto National Forest for the San Carlos Apache and other Native American Tribes in the region—a place to pray, collect water and medicinal plants, gather acorns, honor the people who are buried there, and perform sacred religious ceremonies. Oak Flat is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Traditional Cultural Property and protected from mining since 1955 by President Eisenhower. Resolution’s underground mine would cause Oak Flat to collapse into a mile-wide, 1,000-foot-deep crater. In 2014, the US government promised the land to foreign copper mining interests to build a copper mine. The Resolution Copper Project would create one of the largest copper mines in the US destroying this sacred site. 

SAVE OAK FLAT ACT (SOFA) - Call to action! .

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ, introduced the H.R. 1884 Save Oak Flat Act (SOFA) earlier this year. H.R. 1884 will repeal Section 3003 land exchange of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, introduced an identical bill (S 915) in the Senate. The Save Oak Flat Act (SOFA) would protect a 2,422-acre site known as Chí’chil Biłdagoteel (Oak Flat), the foundation of traditional Western Apache culture and religion.
Please, ask your members of Congress to Support the Save Oak Flat Act.
Below are a number of actions you can take to help save Oak Flat. Submit one or ALL!




What's at Stake? 

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. 

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. 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 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 & BHP

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Back of t-shirt reads,
"As it was in the beginning of our people, one prayer, one drum and one circle we must defend all of humanity with  one prayer, one drum and one circle." ~ Wendsler Nosie Sr.
Wendsler Nosie Sr. & his ancestors. 
Back of T-shirt reads,
“The spirits of our ancestors call on us. Usen (God) guides us to protect his creation, Mother Earth, our keeper, for all who live on her are related."
Support the Apache Stronghold and their work to protect Apache culture and spiritual connection with this shirt featuring community leader,
Back of T-shirt reads,
"In this moment will reveal our spiritual commitment in saving our holy and sacred sites. Save Oak Flat - Wendsler Nosie Sr. 
Available in unisex & women's cut.
Show your support to protect Chi’chil Bildagoteel (Oak Flat) from a massive proposed copper mine.

Back of T-shirt reads,
"They may assume they are winning by destroying our Mother (Earth), but we are keeping the blessed gift alive so that those yet to be born can embrase the spirit of life."


 Proceeds from selling these products will go toward the on-going campaign to save Oak Flat, lead by the San Carlos Apache and other indigenous organizers.

Show your support for the campaign to protect Oak Flat from a massive copper mine. Oak Flat is located between Globe and Superior, Arizona. It is a sacred site for the Apache people, and used as a recreational area for campers, hikers and climbers.