TAKE ACTION! Ways to help save Oak Flat
Chi’chil Biłdagoteel (Oak Flat) is a sacred site 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 ceremonies. In 2014, the United States 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 United States. Dr. 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.
UPDATE August 9, 2021: 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 will begin organizing a convoy to San Francisco On October 20-24, 2021. If there is anyone who would like to help organize the convoy or has connections in the San Francisco area who can help, please call Wendsler Nosie at 928-200-7762 or Vanessa Nosie at 928-215-1476. Please continue to Pray for Oak Flat and pray for the court to make the right decision to protect our holy place and acknowledge our religion so our future generations have the right to pray and believe in the blessed gift creator has given us all our Mother Earth.
SAVE OAK FLAT ACT - TAKE ACTION NOW .
You can help. Ask your members of Congress to cosponsor the Save Oak Flat Act and help it pass as soon as possible. Below are multiple ways to contact your congressional leaders in Arizona and your State to ask them to cosponsor and support H.R. 1884 and S.915 (117th Congress 2021-2022). Arizona's Oak Flat, sacred to Apache and other Native people, is slated for final giveaway soon to international conglomerate Rio Tinto for a massive, destructive copper mine.
Now Congress is considering the Save Oak Flat Act, which would overturn the land swap and protect this place's profound cultural value and natural beauty. The Save Oak Flat Act will repeal Section 3003 of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. More information on the Save Oak Flat Act at: H.R.1884 (See cosponsors) | S.915 (See cosponsors)
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.
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
- 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