October 7, 2019
QUEEN VALLEY, AZ — The Apache Stronghold and allies will deliver public comments Tuesday opposing the Resolution Copper mine, which would destroy a sacred site for the Apache people. The group will hold a news conference before Tuesday’s public hearing, hosted by the U.S. Forest Service to gather public comments on an environmental analysis of the project.
The 1,300-page Draft Environmental Impact Statement, released in August 2019, details the potential damage from building one of the largest copper mines in North America. The public comment period ends November 7.
What: News conference with former San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Wendsler Nosie Sr., Apache Stronghold and allies.
When: Tuesday, October 8; news conference at 4:30 p.m.; public hearing at 5 p.m.
Where: Queen Valley Recreation Hall, 1478 East Queen Valley Drive, Queen Valley, Ariz.
Oak Flat, about an hour east of Phoenix, is a sacred site known to Apaches as Chi’Chil’Ba’Goteel. Home to a diverse desert ecosystem, it’s also on federal land within the Tonto National Forest.
For centuries Oak Flat has played a ceremonial role in the Apache culture as a place to harvest medicinal plants for coming-of-age ceremonies. It is also an important part of America’s public land heritage. The Resolution Copper mine would decimate Oak Flat and the surrounding Sonoran Desert.
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