Stop Toxic Uranium Mine on Sacred Land

Target: United States Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell

Goal: Don’t give acres of sacred Apache forests to mining companies.

The United States Congress gave a huge portion of sacred Apache land away to be mined when they passed a bill called the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorized the nation’s defense programs but also handed over a massive public lands package to a foreign uranium mining company, among others. Mining on these Apache ancestral forests would destroy countless sacred burial and ceremonial grounds. There is no reason for this bill to exist other than the selfish monetary gain to the government.

A group of dozens of Apache activists trekked on a 44-mile journey from the San Carlos Apache office to the Oak Flat campground set to be mined by Resolution Copper. A 14-year-old Apache girl, Nizhoni Pike, who participated in the protest, stated that she “prayed about having her sunrise dance there.” The sunrise dance is a traditional Apache ceremony that allows girls to transition to womanhood.

Nizhoni will never be able to participate in this significant coming-of-age process in the tradition of her ancestors if the land becomes inaccessible or destroyed by this mining. Tell the Interior Secretary of Congress to amend or remove this dishonest rider that has cheated thousands of Native Americans out of their land.


Dear Secretary Jewell,

I would like to personally request the justice owed to the Apache Native Americans who have lost their land due to an undisclosed and unrelated rider included in the National Defense Authorization Act. The bill was made to authorize national defense programs, but has also taken acres of sacred Apache forests and lands and sold them to multiple different mining companies, including a uranium mine from Iran. If these mining deals are brought to completion before this rider is withdrawn, countless sacred burial and ceremonial grounds will be destroyed or become inaccessible to its own ancestors and end centuries of American history.

The Australian-English mining firm has claimed that Iran itself will not receive any benefits from the public lands package they’re receiving, and therefore it is unnecessary to anyone but the United States government. The only thing that mining this land will do is destroy the ancestry of countless Americans and strip the land of its minerals. Please stand with the Apache people and use your authority for good by repealing the rider that was purposely hidden within this defense bill.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Donny Lamb says:

    Its are land sacret to native Americans stay off

  2. Alexandre Engelen says:

    A promise is sacred – just like the land of the Apaches! Do not touch to our land “white man” and even less for the benefit of some persons …


  4. João Paulo Soares says:

    Doesn’t anybody respect anything anymore???

  5. Kathy Williams says:

    Sol: There was a world, once, you punk.
    Det. Thorn: Yes, so you keep telling me.
    Sol: I was there. I can prove it.
    Det. Thorn: I know, I know. When you were young, people were better.
    Sol: Aw, nuts. People were always rotten. But the world was beautiful. –Soylent Green (1973)

    “Internationally, those who govern are nothing more than modern-day pirates – pillaging and plundering their way across this once diverse, ecologically viable planet. By favoring special interests and big corporations, for all intents and purposes, they continue to lead us all down an irreversible path to our ultimate demise. Man’s gluttonous, insatiable appetite to consume every single resource Earth has to offer will surely end in our own extinction. For once every square inch of the air we breathe, the land we traverse and the water we drink has been contaminated, there will be no more nutrients or nourishment to be had. It’s simple reasoning.”

    (I apologize to the author for not giving him or her credit; I have no excuse. I am truly sorry.)

  6. Jane Morrow says:

    I can’t believe you are still taking from the Native Americans. Leave this sacred place in the hands of those who are worthy of its stewardship. The last thing the world needs is another uranium mine. Show some respect.

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