Oak Flat

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Jun 29, 2023

Historic mining town backs copper project on land Native American groups say is sacred

Competing interests have ignited a tug of war between Superior, a town of about 3,000 people who want a huge copper mine built there for its economic benefits, and Native American groups that consider the land sacred and are fighting to protect it from disturbance.

Oak Flat, Chiricahua Apache, Resolution Copper
Jun 28, 2023

Oak Flat is sacred land to some Native Americans, but endangered by mine plan

The 6.7-square-mile (17.3 square-kilometer) Oak Flat is a verdant oasis in an arid landscape dotted with towering saguaro cacti, majestic rock spires and sweeping canyons. It is also here that Resolution Copper Mining, a joint subsidiary of British and Australian mining giants, Rio Tinto and BHP, wants to remove layers of rock to extract copper from deep underground.

Oak Flat, San Carlos Apache, Resolution Copper
Apr 7, 2023

Tribe warns US government against moving ahead with mine

Native American tribal members fighting plans for an enormous copper mine on land they consider sacred say they are increasingly worried U.S. officials will publish an environmental review paving the way for the project even as they await a federal appeals court ruling in the case.

Apache Stronghold, Oak Flat, Phoenix,
Mar 21, 2023

Apaches get new chance to argue mine will harm sacred sites

An Apache group battling a foreign mining firm that wants to build one of the largest copper mines in the United States on what tribal members say is sacred land will get a new chance to make its point Tuesday when a full federal appeals court panel takes another look at the case.

Oak Flat, Apache Stronghold, Resolution Copper
Mar 20, 2023

Let’s take clear path back to protecting native religious freedom

The federal courts have generally denied Native American religious beliefs the same protections afforded other, more convenient religions under the law.

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Nov 21, 2022

Arizona students lobby as courts, Congress, fight over Oak Flat

A group of Arizona high school students and alumni in Washington last week lobbied for a bill that would block development of a copper mine proposed for Oak Flat, land that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache.

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Nov 17, 2022

Tribe continues fight against proposed Arizona copper mine

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled this week that the state Department of Environmental Quality illegally issued a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Resolution Copper Mine, which is being opposed by the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

Oak Flat, Apache Stronghold, Resolution Copper
Jun 28, 2022

Court: planned mine does not interfere with religious practices

A planned mine at Oak Flat does not interfere with the ability of Native Americans to practice their religion, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Oak Flat, Apache Stronghold, Resolution Copper
Dec 21, 2016

San Carlos Apache Tribe, environmentalists battle Oak Flat copper mine bid

Oak Flat, a desert landscape and 90-minute drive from Phoenix, lies in the midst of an environmental and economic controversy.

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Mar 2, 2016

Lawmakers challenge proposal to have Oak Flat listed as historic site

Supporters of a copper mine proposed for Oak Flat have been given until Friday to make the case that the area, deemed sacred by the San Carlos Apache, should not be designated a historic site.

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Jul 2, 2015

Arizona copper mine stirs debate pitting profits vs religion

Outside of an aging mining town in the mountains east of Phoenix, a copper company has burrowed a shaft 1.3 miles into the high desert landscape in what is believed to be the deepest such mine in the U.S. Resolution Copper Mining says the mine will usher in a new era of prosperity for Arizona, […]