Oak Flat located 2 miles East of Superior, AZ is the 2nd largest riparian area in the US and needs to be protected from the devastation of copper mining proposed by Rio Tinto, a foreign mega-mining company whose headquarters are in the UK and Australia.
All the copper extracted from Arizona will be leaving to go to Australia, Iran and China.
PROTECTED LAND OF THE SAN CARLOS APACHE
The land is also a federally protected and sacred area to the Apache Nation, managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the San Carlos Tribe and should never have been allowed to be mined on. This land grab was done through a rider in the 'National Defense Authorization Act 'which was renewed in December 2014 by Congress.
The San Carlos Apache Nation was moved to Miami, Arizona, then to the San Carlos Apache Reservation and now again a federal protected tribe is being asked to leave Oak Flat, Arizona, Sacred Home of the San Carlos Apaches. The proposed mining would virtually stop all access to the sacred springs and Ceremonial Grounds.
SECOND LARGEST RIPARIAN AREA IN THE USA
This area is the second largest riparian area in the country. Pristine areas and a fragile ecosystem would be forever desecrated by the implosion caused from the mining extraction process and it would leach into the water.
DEMOCRACY and The SACRED TREE OF PEACE
The Confederacy of the Six Nations which had been practiced for over 800 years is the longest living democracy on earth. It was incorporated into our government by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to establish a new government for the liberty and happiness of all people.
Isn't it time we incorporate these measure of democracy of the Sacred Tree and uphold the promises made to the First Nations, the Native Americans, so we can all live in harmony with natural laws for the benefit of all of our relations.
REVOKE THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT
The 'National Defense Authorization Act' that was introduced in December 2014 needs to be revoked to support the very energy resources we are protecting. This is why the First Nations and in this case, the San Carlos Apache have been care taking this land for all people and future generations.