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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Oak Flat at the Crossroads: Culture and the Copper Economy in Modern-Day Arizona

Since February, dozens, and sometimes hundreds of San Carlos Apache tribal members have been encamped at Oak Flat in opposition to the proposed copper mine. They marched more than 40 miles from the town of San Carlos on the nearby reservation and say Oak Flat is sacred ancestral land. In December, the National Defense Authorization Act traded Oak Flat and 2,400 surrounding acres to Resolution Copper, privatizing the area.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Plans are in the works to develop the largest copper mine in North America on Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. The proposed site for the nearly 3,000-acre mine is Oak Flat near the town of Superior. It’s an ancestral home for several clans of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, some of whom are protesting the development. They believe the Oak Flat mine is another example of the conflict between the protection of sacred sites and economic development.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Copper Mine Protest on Tonto NF Now in Fourth Week

Vernelda Grant, director of the San Carlos Apache Tribe's Historical Preservation and Archaeology Department, at Oak Fat Campground, the site of a proposed copper mine. The tribe says the project would decimate an area considered sacred by the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

A protest east of Phoenix is in its fourth week as a group of Native Americans has gathered in opposition to a proposed copper mine. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the area of the Tonto National Forest is a burial ground and considered sacred by several tribes throughout the state.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:56 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Apaches Go to Polls Despite Internal Power Struggle

Despite a tribal judge’s order to suspend the election, voting went forward Wednesday.

The reservation south of Show Low is embroiled in a political power play between long time chairman Ronnie Lupe and the Council.

The Council suspended 82-year-old Lupe in December. 

His critics claim he is trying to block opposition candidates from running in the Tribal Council election.

In January, Judge Reagan Armstrong ordered the tribe’s election office to reinstate the names of three candidates who were left off the ballot.

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