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Rep. Grijalva Addresses San Carlos Apache Rally Opposing Oak Flat Corporate Giveaway

July 22, 2015
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Rep. Grijalva Addresses San Carlos Apache Rally Opposing Oak Flat Corporate Giveaway

Rep. Grijalva speaks at the San Carlos Apache's Rally to Save Oak Flat earlier today.

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) today joined lawmakers, religious leaders and members of the San Carlos Apache tribe at a Capitol Hill gathering on his bill to reverse the unjust Resolution Copper land giveaway included in last year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Grijalva's bill, the Save Oak Flat Act, would cancel the mandated land swap that threatens the sacred Apache Leap site with environmental damage from nearby high-risk copper mining.

"This rally is about the importance of freedom and historical context," Rep. Grijalva said. "It's about realizing that a deal struck in the dead of night, which would not pass in the light of day, is undercutting the ideals that this nation intends to stand by. That deal tramples basic laws, basic rights, rightful sovereignty and sacred sites in the pursuit of profits and greed.

"No member of Congress should feel proud – or feel like they got away with something – by ignoring the needs and rights of the original Americans. Oak Flat is as sacred to the Apache people as any other church, temple, synagogue or mosque is to its congregants across this country. We should embrace and protect this land, just as we do these other places of cultural significance."

More information about the land swap orchestrated by Senators McCain and Flake, and Rep. Grijalva's legislation to repeal it, is available here.

You can learn more about the San Carlos Apache's journey here.


Photos Apache Stronghold at Capitol Wednesday

Congressman Raul Grijalva

Wendsler Nosie, San Carlos Apache 

Calif Gov gushes about 'fighting climate change' at Vatican as he fracks Calif

Photo: Governor Brown delivers remarks at Vatican climate change symposium. Photo courtesy of Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Jerry Brown gushes about 'fighting climate change' at 
Vatican as he fracks California

by Dan Bacher
Censored News 

In yet another carefully choreographed photo opportunity to tout his "green" image while he promotes the expansion of fracking, Governor Jerry Brown today urged the world's mayors to "light a fire" and "join California in the fight against climate change." 

Brown was speaking on the first day of the Vatican's symposium on climate change and modern slavery hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences. 

"We have fierce opposition and blind inertia," Brown claimed. "And that opposition is well-financed, hundreds of millions of dollars going into propaganda, into falsifying the scientific record, bamboozling people of every country. We have to fight that propaganda and overcome the inertia and the tremendous opposition." 

PHOTOS! Apache Stronghold March on Capitol

   Apache Stronghold March on US Capitol 
     Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Save Oak Flat!

Today, Wednesday, July 22, 2015
 On Wednesday, there will be a rally on the West Lawn (11:00 am- 2:00 pm) to Save Oak Flat and support a bill introduced by Congressman Raul Grijalva to repeal the bill passed in December.


Photos by Apache Stronghold!
Save Oak Flat
March on US Capitol Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Congressman Raul Grijalva greets Apache Stronghold in DC

Apache Stronghold in front of the White House today.

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