|Apache Stronghold, Naelyn Pike|
NOTRE DAME RELIGIOUS LIBERTY LAW CLINIC JOINS OAK FLAT LAWSUIT TO PROTECT APACHE RELIGIOUS RIGHTS
By Apache Stronghold
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Notre Dame Law School Religious Liberty Initiative Clinic filed an amicus or "Friend of the Court" legal brief this afternoon in Federal Court in support of Apache Stronghold's efforts to prevent the destruction of Oak Flat or Chi'chil Bildagoteel and the resulting devasting impact on Apache religion. Notre Dame's filing highlights the fact that the U.S. Government is trying to force the Apache to give up their religion at Oak Flat while it protects the religious rights of non-Indians elsewhere. This violates Apache constitutional rights. The filing also notes that the U.S. Government has a trust responsibility to protect sacred sites, not to destroy them.