Oak Flat – the loose English translation of Chi’chil Bildagoteel – is land held sacred by the San Carlos Apache Tribe, the Western Apache tribes, and many other Tribes in the Southwest. But these ancestral homelands are now at risk of being obliterated by a copper mining project if Congress does not move to defend religious freedom and Indigenous rights by protecting Oak Flat now.
Resolution Copper, a joint venture of two foreign mining companies, is set to acquire Oak Flat for its own mining purposes due to a 2015 federal land swap provision. Trump officially set the land swap into motion right before he left office, and President Biden has only temporarily halted the measure. Oak Flat is still in very real danger of total destruction. We must take action.
The Save Oak Flat Act will permanently repeal the federal land exchange and protect this sacred Indigenous site from Resolution Copper: Tell Congress to support this bill now.
Message Recipients: Your U.S. Senators and House Representative