January 13, 2015 - Emily Bregel

January 13, 2015
Emily Bregel


According to the lead written by Rebecca Sanders of the conservative Phoenix daily the Arizona Republic,  the Oak Flat land swap,  in which the multinational mining company Rio Tinto gave the federal government 5000 acres of wilderness in exchange for 2000 acres of prime copper mining country was a simple story and a good deal.

But there’s a lot left out of that lead: the overwhelming Senate vote for the bill authorizing the nation’s defense budget; the swap itself, which had been thumbed down by Congress a dozen times before. And the 2000 acres about top become the world’s biggest copper mine includes lands held sacred by many members of the San Carlos Apache Indian tribe, and considered irreplaceable by many environmentalists.  Reporter Emily Bregel has been covering for the Arizona Star of Tucson.

Reading Room

“Hero: Obama Blocks Sale Of Sacred Apache Land To Foreign Mining Firm” – Occupy Democrats

“Congressman Gosar Claims Oak Flat Has Never Been a Sacred Site, Wants to Kick Out Apache Stronghold Protestors” – Tucson Weekly

“GOP congressman furious after sacred Apache land in Arizona is designated a historic place” – Raw Story

“Congress approves colossal Ariz. copper mine” – The Arizona Republic

“For public lands, massive protections in defense bill” – High Country News

“Prehistoric burial site found near Superior” – Arizona Daily Star

“Apache tribe distressed by privatization of sacred land” – Arizona Daily Star

“Controversial mine legislation slipped into defense bill” – The Arizona Republic

“Great Plains Tribal Leaders’ Letter Asks Congress to Strike Land Swap From Defense Bill” – Indian Country Today Media Network

“San Carlos Apache Would Get Biggest Shaft Ever in Copper Mine Land Swap” – Indian Country Today Media Network

“Legislation for Rio Tinto Copper Mine on Sacred land Slips Into Defense Bill” – Indian Country Today Media Network

“Re: Raiding Native Sacred Places in a Defense Authorization: Everything Wring With Congress” – Indian Country Today Media Network

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