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
11:38 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Tonto NF Supervisor Meets with Native Americans Protesting Resolution Copper Mine

Credit Jennifer Johnson

Earlier this week, the supervisor of the Tonto National Forest met with a group of Native Americans hoping to prevent copper mining at a sacred site east of Phoenix. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, recent federal legislation cleared the way for the Oak Flat area to become part of North America’s largest copper mine.

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State Capitol News
2:08 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Foes of Florence Copper Mine Drop Bid for Injunction

Nearby developers and the operator of a water company contend the state Department of Environmental Quality should not have issued a permit to Curis Resources to pump sulfuric acid into the ground.

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State Capitol News
10:07 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Mining Company Takes Local Law to Court

The operators of a proposed copper mine in Florence want a federal judge to void a new town law that would effectively thwart the project. 

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