San Carlos Apache tribe protest future copper mine

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Tribal members form a small circle and play an Apache song while others dance around them outside the San Carlos Apache tribal administrative offices. (Photo: Carina Dominguez, Cronkite News Service) Tribal members form a small circle and play an Apache song while others dance around them outside the San Carlos Apache tribal administrative offices. (Photo: Carina Dominguez, Cronkite News Service)

Carina Dominguez | Cronkite News

SAN CARLOS, ARIZ. – Dozens of people sang, danced and prayed outside of the San Carlos Apache tribe’s office on Thursday morning before heading out on a 44-mile journey in an attempt to protect their ancestral lands at Oak Flat campground.

The protesters organized the march to express their anger over a federal land exchange that gave a copper mining company permission to mine land sacred to the Apache people.

“I prayed about having my sunrise dance (a womanhood ceremony) there,” said Nizhoni Pike, 14, a member of the tribe who joined the march. “I grew up going there, praying there.”

The two-day march will end at Oak Flat campground in southeastern Arizona, where Resolution…

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