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Public Program: Friday evening, October 16, 7-8:30 PM

Mining Threatens Apache Heritage:

Protect Oak Flat!


Roger Featherstone, Director of the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition, will present the history of and threats to Oak Flat, a public campground, a popular rock-climbing destination, and sacred ground for the Apache people. An enormous, destructive copper mine is proposed for the site.

Oak Flat lies within Tonto National Forest, east of Phoenix near the town of Superior. Although it has been protected from mining by Presidential order since 1955, in December of 2014 Senator John McCain (R) added a land exchange rider to the National Defense Authorization Act, thus handing over public lands to Rio Tinto, a foreign-owned mining conglomerate, to extract copper. Representatives Ann Kirkpatrick (D) and Paul Gosar (R) also supported the mining.

Birders, campers, climbers, and hikers prize the area, and area tribes consider it sacred. The San Carlos Apache tribe is actively opposed to the land exchange and potential mine because of the destructive impact it would have on both the surrounding ecosystem and traditional uses. Historically, the site has been used as an Apache ceremonial and burial site.

Location:  Prescott College Crossroads Center, 220 Grove, Prescott.

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