Tuesday, May 18, 2021
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION DENIES APACHE RELIGIOUS AND TREATY RIGHTS IN NEW OAK FLAT COURT FILING
By Apache Stronghold
OAK FLAT, Ariz. – The Biden Administration's Department of Justice ("DOJ") filed papers in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this evening trying to stop the traditional Apache from protecting their religious and treaty rights at Oak Flat in eastern Arizona.
On March 18, 2021, Apache Stronghold appealed to the 9th Circuit to stop the destruction of Oak Flat or Chi'chil Bildagoteel by foreign mining companies which violates both the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the 1852 Treaty between the Apache and the U.S. government.