(From the community forum)
Hey Folks, please take a minute and sign this White House petition! This is a personal letter I am sending to you because this matters deeply to me, and in my heart I feel this has to be won.
National Forest land which has been used by the Apaches for ages has been given away to a mining company, and Obama is our last hope to save the National Park space from destruction. We need 100K signatures by August 21, and this hasn’t even topped 1000 yet.
This land was given away to to a mining company in a recent (unrelated) spending bill. After the people fought to keep mining out for many years, the industry finally got it’s way. But, it’s not over yet! Please take a moment of your time to take the next step in saving this sacred land!
Oak Flat, currently a part of Tonto National Forest, has been a sacred place for the San Carlos Apache tribe for generations, used for coming-of-age ceremonies for young girls and for traditional acorn gathering. An addition to the most recent National Defense Authorization Act makes it part of a land swap between the Forest Service and Resolution Copper Mining, a subsidiary of two multinational corporations. This land has been protected from mining since the Eisenhower administration. We call on President Obama to use his designated authority to establish National Monuments in order to preserve this sacred place from destruction.
Thanks kindly for your thoughtful participation. Please tell everyone you can to help with this!