Walk to Save Oak Flat
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Apache Stronghold leader and past San Carlos Tribal Chairman Wendsler Nosie, Sr. will visit Seattle on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00PM at the University of Washington to talk about the latest efforts in the fight to save Oak Flat, a sacred space and desert oasis in Arizona . Get the details here.
The Viceland film RISE: Apache Stronghold will be presented, and Wendsler Nosie Sr. will speak after the movie.
Learn about the struggle firsthand from the leader of the fight to protect our planet and its sacred spaces from the movement's long-time leader.
What is the fight for Oak Flat all about, and what's the walk to save Oak Flat?
In December 2014 the U.S. government gave 2400 acres of National Forest land in Arizona to one of the biggest mining companies in the world, Resolution Copper (an Australian/British conglomerate.) Resolution Copper plans to mine the area which will destroy many Apache sacred sites and also destroy a unique desert riparian ecosystem.
We are walking from Bainbridge Island, Washington to Oak Flat, Arizona to spread the word before our beautiful National Forest is gone forever. Whether you’re an advocate for the environment, religious freedom, or protecting public lands, there are so many reasons to join us in opposing this giveaway so that a few rich foreign companies can get even richer.
Oak Flat Campground, a property of the USDA National Forest Service, is on the site to be mined. The San Carlos Apache Tribe, local residents, and visitors from around the the world are now occupying the campground, vowing not to let Resolution Copper mine the land. We are walking to join them at the campsite, bringing with us the support of the people of the Northwest. We'd like to add you to the list of people we can tell the San Carlos Apaches that we stand firmly beside them.
We find it unconscionable that a place sacred to the indigenous people of our land is under threat – again – and we want to spread the word so that this piece of land doesn’t just turn to rubble without anyone knowing until after the fact.
But doing this walk isn't free. There are many costs we have to consider to help spread the word nationwide. You can help by donating to our Walk to Save Oak Flat fund. This will help us to pay for many essential things we need to make this 3-4 month trip, including:
-gas for our pilot car/portable office
-pamphlets and posters to spread the word
-essential gear, such as good walking shoes
Sponsor a Mile for $9.60 Be part of our journey, help us spread the word that Oak Flat should be saved for future generations to enjoy.
Sponsor a Day for $131. Pick up expenses for a day of our walk and we'll carry a note of encouragement and support to the San Carlos people in your honor. If you'd like to write something specific, just let us know and we will personally deliver your message.
Sponsor a Week for $917. If you can sponsor a week of our trip, we will also note you as a sponsor on our website and Facebook pages, including a logo if you represent a business.
You can learn more by visiting our website. Thank you for your support.
Sally Noedel and Emma Bigongiari
It's a pivotal time in the fight to save Oak Flat. This summer the Save Oak Flat effort took big steps not only in our walk but also with the Apache Stronghold caravan to Washington, D.C. where Apache leaders told the nation about Resolution Copper's threat. The Sierra Club moved its support of the cause from a regional watch to a national effort. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Oak Flat to its short list of Most Endangered Historic Places. And Rep. Raul Grijalva introduced HR 2811, the Save Oak Flat Act in Congress.
An AVAAZ petition circulated around the world and gathered over 1, 082,000 signatures in support of protecting this very special place. Together we've made a difference, but we haven't won yet.
On a hill above the Oak Flat Occupation campsite two big metal tripods that look like giant erector set constructions loom over the site. Lights blink night and day, an ever present reminder of just how close Resolution Copper is to taking Oak Flat. You can literally stand on the sacred land and look up at a very grim future.
We're continuing to spread the word by any means possible - tabling events, giving talks, using Facebook ads to leverage social media presence. Now we're driving instead of walking to Congress members' offices but there are still expenses to cover - gas, ferry tickets, meeting room fees, printing, conference fees - if you can give a little, we'll stretch your support a long way. Your alliance is so very important to protecting the environment, and to the Apache people.
Thanks for sharing.
We hope you'll be part of the excitement of completing our long journey and sponsor a mile in the final stretch. Just $9.60 covers our costs for a mile, and helps us get the word out to more Americans. If we all pull together, we can save Oak Flat.
We have started a new project within our walk: Oak Flat murals. We have made several temporary chalk murals on sidewalks so far and plan to continue this as we pass through different towns. We find that doing art for Oak Flat is an extremely effective way to get people's (and the media's) attention, so we are very excited about this new endeavor!
Now more than ever we could use your support.
Sponsor a mile for $9.60
Sponsor a chalk mural for $100
Sponsor a day for $131
And THANK YOU for helping us get the word out.
the author writes: "If Oak Flat were a Christian holy site, or for that matter Jewish or Muslim, no senator who wished to remain in office would dare to sneak a backdoor deal for its destruction into a spending bill — no matter what mining-company profits or jobs might result. But this is Indian religion. Clearly the Arizona congressional delegation isn’t afraid of a couple of million conquered natives. The truth is that for Mr. McCain, Mr. Flake and others who would allow this precious public land to be destroyed, it’s not only the Indians who are invisible. The rest of us are also ghosts, remnants of a quaint idea of democracy."
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There is a powerful editorial in today's New York Times about this issue. Selling Off Apache Holy Land