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.
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: https://lesko.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=2711.
H.R. 7722: https://www.congress.gov/.../117th-congress/house-bill/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