Stand with the Apache: No mining on sacred land!
To Members of the US Congress and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell:
As people across the United States, we believe the recent rider to the National Defense Authorization Act that opens up National Forest land in Arizona to copper mining, land held sacred by the San Carlos Apache, is an outrage likely tied to campaign spending by the mining industry. We the undersigned demand immediate repeal or amendment of this rider, and an apology to the local Apache whose cultural heritage is being put up for sale.
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The US government is about to hand over a beautiful stretch of national forest held sacred by the local Apache tribe -- to a giant foreign mining company. It’s a national disgrace, but if we come together now we have a real chance to block the mine.
Our country’s shameful, criminal mistreatment of Native Americans is no secret. And when Arizona lawmakers snuck this mining proposal into a critical national defense bill last year, Apache leaders and activists vowed to fight back. That pressure is working and right now Congress is considering whether to stop the mining project. If we back it the Apache’s call with tens of thousands of voices nationwide, we can help protect this land for good.
Next month, tribal leaders are planning a cross-country trip to DC to defend the land they’ve used for tribal ceremonies for generations. If enough of us stand with the Apache, we can meet them on arrival and build a huge groundswell of support for their courageous fight on Capitol Hill. Sign now.