Oak Flat in the Tonto National Forest is considered a sacred, ancestral place to the San Carlos Apache but it also home to a huge copper deposit. With the passage of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act in December, mining company Resolution Copper will swap about eight miles of land they currently own for nearly four miles of land in the Tonto National Forest including Oak Flat. The company plans to mine copper, which the Apache say will destroy land precious to the tribe. Join us as we explore the impacts the Oak Flat land swap will have on national defense and cultural practices.
Tara Kitcheyan – spokesperson for Resolution Copper
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