Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

February 18, 2022

San Carlos Apache, Running in from the East, Running for the Stronghold


Photos courtesy Apache Stronghold

San Carlos Apache, Running in from the East, Running for the Stronghold

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Friday, Feb. 18, 2022

Running in from the east, San Carlos Apache ran for the Stronghold today, honoring the Ancestors at Oak Flat, defending sacred land from Resolution Copper's planned copper mine.

Walking and running through Globe and Miami, Arizona, today, on Friday afternoon, Apache Stronghold ran in from the east, as the momentum surged. Four Directions runners are running for the Stronghold, running for the Ancestors, on the 8th Annual March to Oak Flat.

"The four directions run is moving in prayer to protect all that is holy," Apache Stronghold said this afternoon, as Apache walkers and runners from San Carlos arrived in Miami, Arizona.

"We thank everyone for coming out and supporting the marchers and runners. We also thank those who can’t be here physically but are here supporting us spiritually through prayer."

"Please continue to keep all of the direction runners in your prayers as we head to Chi’chil’ba’goteel."

On Saturday morning, the run from the east to Oak Flat will begin in Miami, Arizona, for the weekend gathering at Oak Flat.

The O'odham Stronghold runners began their run in central Phoenix on Thursday, honoring the Ancestors. In central Phoenix, hundreds of Hohokam graves and sites are being recklessly excavated for a housing project.

Running in from the north, Brophy Native American Club in Flagstaff ran out and into the snow, running down the mountain to the sunshine of Verde Valley. They are out there now, running to Oak Flat.

Greenwashing for electric vehicles means a new push for disastrous open pit copper mining

NPR points out that copper is needed for electric vehicles, during today's interviews with Apache battling to protect Oak Flat, from Resolution Copper's planned mine.

Lithium and copper mining are now threatening Native ancestral lands throughout the west. International corporations are rushing in for the green -- that is the green money from mining. Electric vehicles are the new fake green solution for protecting the environment.

While copper mining threatens Apaches Ceremonial Grounds in Arizona, lithium mining targets the Paiute Massacre Site at Thacker Pass.

Around the world, Indigenous children are already suffering, and dying, from work in the copper and lithium mines.

Listen to San Carlos Apaches Jerry Thomas and Wendsler Nosie, Sr., on NPR as the weekend gathering at Oak Flat begins:

8th Annual Oak Flat March/Run | Download printable Flyer
February 17-20, 2022
February 17, Thursday - 5:00 p.m.
Holy Ground Blessing & Dinner at Old San Carlos Memorial. Run will follow after blessing. See Maps for directions to Old San Carlos Memorial
February 18, Friday - 8:00 a.m.
Run/Walk will begin at the Skate Park, San Carlos and will end in Miami at the shrine.
February 19, Saturday - 8:00 a.m. - Run/Walk will begin in Miami (shrine) to Oak Flat.

1 pm: Open Mic: prayers and songs
2 pm: Pomo Tribe of Elem California
2:30 pm - Arizona Poor People's Campaign
3 pm -Yolloinkuauhtli
4 pm: Apache Gaans (crown dancers)

February 20, Sunday
Holy Ground and departure
We will be following CDC Guidelines: Wear your mask, social distance, and wash your hands (hand sanitizers). If you choose to camp, please bring all camping gear, warm clothes, chairs, and sanitation supplies. For everyone's safety, if possible quarantine 5-10 days prior to the run, get tested (if possible) and if you are feeling sick, please stay some and keep Oak Flat in your prayers.
Contact Vanessa Nosie: or
Wendsler Nosie Sr:
Read more at Censored News: Running for the Stronghold

8th Annual March/Run for Oak Flat, Feb. 17 -- 20, 22

O'odham Stronghold, running in from the west, honoring the Ancestors, are running to the Apache Stronghold. In central Phoenix, hundreds of Hohokam graves and sites are being recklessly excavated for a housing project.

Running in from the north to Oak Flat, Brophy Native American Club in Flagstaff is off and running

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