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NATIVE AMERICAN NEWS: Sacred Arizona Site Under Siege Pending House Vote

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On Thursday, the House will vote on a bill that would direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey more than 2,400 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in southeast Arizona to the Resolution Cooper Mining Co. Enactment of the bill would allow Resolution C

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Peta Clarke (30)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 5:48 pm
Thanks Cal. Have these mining companies not taken enough from the earth. They seem to want it all is there no consultation with the rightful owners of the land, Scared sites are just that OMG leave them alone save something for the future to renew the spirit.

pam w (139)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 5:51 pm

Isn't this SOOOOOOOOO big business?

Christeen A (371)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 6:21 pm
I hope this doesn't happen. Thank you.

Brad Miller (120)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 6:22 pm
This is just so wrong.Yes I know a lot of things are.This is unacceptable. Take action here:

Brad Miller (120)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 6:24 pm
The following is from:

On September 19th, the US House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the Oak Flat land exchange, HR 687: “Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act”.

Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake helped re-introduce the “Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2013″ (S 339)(HR 687) in Congress. A bipartisan companion bill was introduced by Representatives Paul Gosar (R, AZ District 4) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D, AZ District 1.)

The bill’s entire purpose is to facilitate a proposed copper mine in federally protected lands east of Superior, Arizona. Versions of this bill have been introduced and re-introduced to Congress 12 times. The proposed copper mine would destroy areas sacred to the Apache Tribe and enjoyed by campers, climbers and other recreationalists. This land was previously set aside in 1955 by President Eisenhower for its religious, cultural, traditional, recreational and archaeological significance.

The bill would allow mining company Rio Tinto to bypass the normal process of permitting mines on public lands and avoids the NEPA process with its public input and transparency requirements. The proposed mine would destroy wildlife habitat and clean water resources. It is opposed by the town of Superior, opposed by every Indian Tribe in the United States and opposed by the Access Fund and other organizations that care about maintaining recreational opportunities on public land.

The land exchange would hugely benefit international mining company Rio Tinto. China is a partial owner of Rio Tinto, and if a mine were opened at Oak Flat, China would receive most of the minerals. Rio Tinto and the government of Iran are co-operators of a uranium mine in Namibia.

Rio Tinto is now openly saying that a mine at Oak Flat is far from a done deal. Until Rio Tinto makes up its mind and receives the permits it would need to mine, there is no good reason for the land exchange to be approved by Congress.

James Merit (144)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 6:48 pm

Alan Lambert (91)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 6:54 pm
If you're waiting for the House of (Corporate) Representatives, you're gonna wait a long time...

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 7:13 pm
Am I surprised? NO.


Thanks Cal.

Sheila D (28)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 7:47 pm
Sadly, it sounds like "business as usual". Let's hope it doesn' t happen. Thanks for the article, Cal.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 8:57 pm

Robert Hardy (68)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 9:04 pm
People like Rep. Paul Gosar are not YOUR representative... They are corporate bag men.

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 9:47 pm
Thank you Cal for posting and especially to Brad Miller for the link to take action and for sharing the outline of the article from website outlining the bill and those 'responsible' = shame on John McCain in particular who has definitely demonstrated his integrity got flushed down the toilet!!!! Can't believe this man ever!!!!!
Let me say it this way... like Hell this bill should ever get passed !!!!!!
I challenge - really begging - any member on Care2 to draft a petition specifically targeting McCain and others responsible for this farce!!!!!!!!

After reading this I just wonder with China as partial owner of Rio Tinto, and Iran somewhere in the mix, what is going on in America?!?! What is sacred anymore, anyways?!?! Is anything/everything up for sale???????

time for my meds, excuse me Cal & friends for venting ! Prayers for the Apache people to keep their sacred lands entact . . . . . . .

Elisa F (235)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 10:07 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.

Frances Darcy (133)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 12:38 am

Suzan F (137)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 1:15 am
Mining companies? Yeah, just keep digging holes in the planet. Sooner or later, something will collapse as a result of all the digging going on. Maybe the recent sinkholes we keep hearing about are just the start.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 3:21 am
Thank you for the link, Brad Miller. still, did not accept my zip.

& of course, Thank you, Cal ~~

Anne P (174)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 5:39 am
The greedy corporations will not stop until the entire Earth is destroyed. It makes me weep. Thanks for posting, Cal.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 6:29 am
Noted and posted

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 7:29 am
It's not right. Let Native Americans have their sacred places sacred.

Robert B (60)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 7:36 am
At what point will our corporate controlled greedy congress stop stealing from Native Americans???!!! This is just so shameful.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 8:33 am
Shame on them for even considering this. This is not good especially at the expense of Native American Indians. This must be stopped.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 8:39 am
Shame on them They have stolen enough from the native Indians

divergent revolution (309)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 10:12 am
why does this not surprise me?
only 17% of Arizona is inhabited by people, the perfect place to take beautiful country and strip it off all it's inherent beauty for legal tender
shame on them is letting them off easy
thanks Cal

Scott haakon (4)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 11:43 am
Unless it has missed you the US needs to exploit it's resources. The more we can get these resources the better. Cold fusion may be decades away. We cannot wait to start exploitation of what we have. Yes a corporation will make money. And hundreds of people will get jobs.

Pogle S (88)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 11:56 am
Greedy people and it is obvious that Scott Haakon is one of the great brainwashed! Sorry Scott, broaden your horizon and look beyond what you have been told is good!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 12:04 pm
Oh no!!! We have to stop this and save the sacred site! We need petitions! Thank you, Cal! (n, p, t)

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 5:01 pm
This is just terrible! From what I can tell about the location, it's not far from where Rosemont wants to construct another mine. We have been fighting against that, too. Very tangled government web of deceit, outright lies and shady dealings beyond the scope of public view. We must keep protesting!
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