Apache Stronghold Convoy arrives in Chicago to meet with Senator Durbin’s Office to rally support for Oak Flat

Apache Stronghold Convoy arrives in Chicago to meet with Senator Durbin’s Office to rally support for Oak Flat

Oak Flat is an Apache sacred site in the Tonto National Forest, in eastern Arizona, currently threatened by a proposed copper mine. This mine could become the largest in North America. Oak Flat was given to Rio Tinto Corporation in December 2014, by way of a controversial rider authored by Arizona Senator John McCain.

The Apache Stronghold Convoy to D.C. will be meeting with Illinois Senator Durbin’s staff in Chicago, Illinois on July 13th, seeking national support for Congressman Raul Grijalva’s (AZ) introduced legislation, Save Oak Flat Act (H.R. 2811), which would repeal the land exchange and return the land to public ownership.

On February 5, 2015, members from the San Carlos Apache community walked together in protest for 45 miles to Oak Flat. Since then the Apaches have been occupying the proposed mine site and have vowed to remain until the proposal is abandoned or repealed. The group has held numerous events, gathered hundreds of supporters to the site and is capturing global support to protect their way of life.

On Sunday, July 5th, the Apaches began a caravan through Indian Country to pick-up support for a protest at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., July 21-22. Members of the Apache Stronghold convoy, and the SPIRET Foundation will talk about the plans for D.C., the Oak Flat campaign, and how it has become a unifying struggle for the protection of Native American sacred sites/places.

Oak Flat has garnered international press attention (see select articles listed below) and has connected the Apaches to a growing resistance movement of Native Americans campaigning against the destruction of sacred sites/places and environmental degradation.

In Arizona, a controversial federal land swap leaves Apaches in the lurch Al Jazeera, February 20, 2015
Tribe’s protest of mine plan near Superior is in 3rd week Arizona Star, February 20, 2015
Selling Off Apache Holy Land New York Times Op-Ed, Lydia Millet, May 29, 2015
11 Most Endangered Historic Places: Oak Flat National Trust for Historic Preservation, June 18,2015

Caravan Route and Stop Schedule

Protect Oak Flat: Saving Apache Sacred Grounds February 27, 2015
Apache tribe occupies sacred land to be destroyed by mine, refusing to leave MSNBC, April 9, 2015

Press Conference at 4 P.M., Monday July 13th, 2015

At 230 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60604
Hosted by Apache Stronghold and SPIRET Foundation

Contact: Rudy Balles, Apache Stronghold, (928) 200-4401

Apache Stronghold
PO Box 766, San Carlos, AZ 85550 www.Apache-Stronghold.com

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