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Citing Religious Freedom, Native Americans Fight to Take Back Sacred Land From Mining Companies

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Oak Flats, Native Americans, corporations, mining, Arizona, John McCain, Jeff Flake, dishonesty, corruption, ethics, government, republicans, politics, news )

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For generations, members of the Apache Native American tribe have viewed Oak Flat as a holy, sacred place. "It's our sacred land ~ it's where we come to pray," Carrie Sage Curley, an Apache woman, told ThinkProgress.


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Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday July 25, 2015, 3:19 pm
Nasty Corporate acquisitioning:

“It’s our sacred land — it’s where we come to pray,” Carrie Sage Curley, an Apache woman, told ThinkProgress.

But last year, the land quietly became something else: A proposed site for a massive copper mining project spearheaded by Resolution Copper, an organization run by two multinational corporations based in the United Kingdom and Australia.

The aggressive mining operation resulted from a last-minute addition to the National Defense Authorization Act, a “must-pass” military spending bill pushed through in December 2014. The language, which was inserted at the 11th hour by Arizona Senators John McCain (R) and Jeff Flake (R), essentially traded Resolution 2,400 acres of Arizona (including Oak Flat) in exchange for 5,300 acres of private land they already own. The swap is believed to be one of the first instances of federal land being given to a foreign corporation.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Saturday July 25, 2015, 4:59 pm
Power to these Native Americans.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday July 25, 2015, 5:39 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Carrie.
My 2 disgusting Senators inserted the "sneaky rider" into the bill. Really hope they pay for that in the next election. But, I am so glad to see the huge pushback. And, Rep. Grijalva has introduced the "Save Oak Flat Act," which needs to be supported by more progressives.

Animae C (508)
Saturday July 25, 2015, 6:16 pm
The best of luck to them! SOLIDARITY!!!

Beryl L (78)
Saturday July 25, 2015, 10:02 pm
best of luck to the Apache and all native Americans.

Corporate America continues to encroach upon their lands, all of which is rightfully theirs.

This sacred place in particular, they fight for in hope that it will be seen as an equal to worship in their holy places. Whether it be outside or in a church or temple. Is it not the same? It seems to get stepped on without a thought of what God thinks, yet the ones set to mine on the Native American land more than likely call themselves religious God-fearing people...right..?? that is nothing further from the truth.

Ben O (131)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 3:38 am
Right on...solidarity!

Sam E M (0)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 7:07 am
I'm disgusted once again by the way Native Americans are treated as second class citizens and their rights denied. These proud people were on this land first and most of it was already stolen from them, yet present day officials are still greedily snatching away what little land these Indian nations have left, flouting tradition and re-arranging the law to suit their own wicked agenda, bowing to the call of the dollar and lining their own pockets. They should be deeply ashamed.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 7:44 am
Nothing new about this story! The NAI's have been dumped on since the first batch of immigrants came to this Country!

Lawrence D (3)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 9:20 am
Native people throughout the world have lived in harmony with the land care takers not owners to do as they please.

Gillian M (11)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 10:21 am
If this had been about Muslims it would never have happened. The Lakota are still fighting to get back Black Hills which was stolen from them for gold.

I can't see any government caring about the First Nation despite the lies that Obama told them to get their votes.

Roro l (0)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 11:19 am
thank you

Birgit W (160)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 1:21 pm
Native Indians have been here first, and they should be respected as well as their sacred lands.

Jeff Creech (64)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 2:15 pm
This whole deal is criminal. Maybe not in the legal sense, but it should be. First of all the American Government appropriated this land as a National Forest, but more importantly, the Apache people were forced to live on lands designated by the Government and thus were forced to find new special places to maintain their own traditions. So they have been using Oak Flat now for generations because the government pretty much took all their lands, so they adapted. But this last minute attachment to Arizona's military spending bill B.S. in my opinion, should be illegal and these Senators should be brought up on charges. What a couple of low lifes.
I've signed petitions in protest of this criminal deal because it's all I can do, but there's nothing right about it and I hope to God that the Apache people are victorious.

S J (124)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 3:21 pm
fight to the end, you have my full support. in solidarity!

thank you Carrie

Janet B (0)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 4:01 pm

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 4:01 pm
Being treated as second class citizens would be an improvement for Native Americans. Looks to me that they are treated as ninth or tenth class. Phishers flagged.

David B (34)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 5:47 pm
Thank You Carrie .

David C (75)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 5:53 pm
thanks, Carrie, this is awesome and I support their faith!

David B (34)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 5:55 pm
oh ya , by the way . what would happen if that was a Christian church or a muslim mosque ? can't you just hear the howls of outrage . and all they are , are blocks of stone and pieces of wood formed by man so why is it allowed to look out for them and not for Native holy lands ?and why is it two republicians , well that part is easy to figure out , that are giving away land and profits to two foreign companies ? wonder how much fatter their bank balances are now ?

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 6:47 pm
You don't know how hard this hurts my heart.

To these people it's their Mecca, their Lourdes, their Vatican, their St. Peters Cathedral, their Angkor Wat, their Salt Lake City Temple.

But to the Power players, they are what. Is how the American Indians have been treated since the get go. Anything that they claim is important is dismissed.

Gloria H (88)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 8:46 pm
more power to them. Corporations (consisting of PEOPLE--stockholders) have no conscience-period. If they could mine the Vatican...they would.
Casinos are the Indians revenge on the white guy's weakness of greed. Using it to their advantage.
corporations have a way with ousting people with foreclosures, doesn't matter what race, age, sex you are...get a court order and you can do anything- build, tear down anything you want.

Roslyn McBride (26)
Monday July 27, 2015, 1:46 am
Noted - as said before I'm fed up with the (not very) United/ States constantly breaking treaties with the Native Americans, whenever it suits.

Arild Warud (174)
Monday July 27, 2015, 5:40 am
“We’re going to win this fight,” Curley said. “It’s a spiritual thing, and I know in my spirit, we’re going to win.”

Louise D (44)
Monday July 27, 2015, 6:25 am
Interesting to see that a law that was to benefit the corporate interests is being used to bite them in the bottom. By the way flagged that 419 spammer - if anyone wants to reply to them ask him to send you a picture in his underpants with a loaf of bread in their hand and a sign. Still, at least the Apaches are not abusing this law like many so called Christians who really don't seem to understand the teachings of Jesus.
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