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Save Oak Flat

Save Oak Flat

Photo credit: Saving Oak Flat, Arizona


Photo by Anna Jeffrey.

"Oak Flat, also known as Chi'Chil'Bidagoteel, is land sacred to the San Carlos Apache and long cherished as a campground and picnic spot. It is home to wildlife, water, and beautiful old oak trees. This land was traded away to a foreign mining company in late 2014 in a backroom, mid-night deal in Congress. The area will be turned into a destructive copper mine unless we stop this injustice." Source: Apache Stronghold literature. To find out more, visit Earthworks Save Oak Flat! and Apache Stronghold.

The accompanying photo captures Nizhoni Pike after the painting ceremony at Oak Flat, a sacred site where a new generation of Apaches are once again returning for spirital practices long denied them. Read more about this spiritual reclamation and the Sunrise Dance.

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