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Apache Holy Land Sold For US Senators’ Benefits Is ‘New Low’

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Oak Flat Apache land is being sold off to a foreign mining company. The United States Senators responsible for the land grab, and its anti-democratic introduction into law, have their own financial interests in mining and raising campaign contributions.

The Native Americans ask what would have happened if the land was a Jewish or Muslim holy site? In an Op-Ed in the New York Times, the sneaky land grab was described as an ‘Impressive New Low’.

Indian Country reports:

Oak Flat Apache Land Grab ‘an Impressive New Low’: NYT Op-Ed

At the tail end of 2014, just before the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act was going to be voted on, Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake slipped in a rider that in effect gave public land containing the sacred Apache site Oak Flat to a copper-mining company.

The San Carlos Apache and supporters, protesting since before the bill’s passage, began camping out there to stand their ground and are hosting a second spiritual gathering this weekend.

McCain, long known to have financial ties to Resolution Copper’s parent Rio Tinto and its affiliates—they are campaign contributors—and Flake, who served as a paid lobbyist for a Rio Tinto–owned uranium mine in Namibia. These tidbits and others came to light in a May 29 an op-ed piece that brought the greedy deed to the attention of The New York Times readership.Apache land

“The deal is an impressive new low in congressional corruption, unworthy of our country’s ideals no matter what side of the aisle you’re on,” wrote Lydia Millet in The New York Times. “It’s exactly the kind of cynical maneuvering that has taught the electorate to disrespect politicians — a disdain for government that hurts everyone. If ever there was a time for Congress to prove its moral mettle to the public, this is that time. The rider should be repealed.”

It is still possible to repeal the rider, she noted, given that the land-swap deal does not officially take effect until 60 days after a federal environmental impact statement is complete.

The mine that Resolution Copper would like to build “will hollow out a vast chamber that, when it caves in, will leave a two-mile-wide, 1,000-foot-deep pit,” Millet described. “The company itself has likened the result of its planned mining at Oak Flat to that of a nearby meteor crater.”

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  • The San Franciscan

    Thank you for making it perfectly plain “why you are not a Republican, either.”

  • lakeel

    Everybody onto John McCain & Jeff Flake’s official facebook page to shame these low life bottomfeeders.
    How low can you go has reached new & ever deeper pits, and shows no signs of slowing down until those flames from the underwold start coming up through the depths.

  • Ashley

    Don’t think this is legal. The Apaches should sue and tie it up in court for years! McCain and Flake are scum and NOT true Republicans. They’ve voted with obama for years!

    • Andre Stringer

      Some republicans are pissed at Obama for trying to block this land sell.

      • Patricia Herr-Conde

        not true.

        • Travis Schupbach

          some are pissed why do you think more and more are jumping ship but mccian is a rino he was with him on his second campain

      • Beeta

        YOU DRINK TOO MUCH KOOL AID.. HE GOT A CUT. HE IS LEAVING AND WILL RIP AMERICA AS MANY WAYS AS HE CAN,

        • Andre Stringer

          When you find the time to stop smoking your weed. Go to some right wing websites. They are all saying because Obama is trying to block the land sell it will cost jobs & tax money for the state. They don’t care about the Apaches only the money and they are pissed at Obama. BTW. I am also no fan of Obama and did not vote for him but hate is no subsitute for the truth

      • Karole Conaway

        obamass is NOT on the side of the people of America.

    • Travis Schupbach

      THEY NEED TO FIGHT BACK WITH BOWS GUNS TRAPS ETC

  • Louise Mitchell

    It either goes to China or Arabia and this is another way these govment people get rich on you the land owner and tax payer

  • Jenkem Jones

    That copper thief would have been President if he stood up to then Junior Senator Obama.

  • Sg Harley

    FIRST WE GENOCIDED THE INDIANS. THEN WE MADE THEM GO TO WHERE WE TOLD THEM IT WAS THEIR LAND , SACRED AND FOREVER .
    THEM WE GET THESE SNAKES , NO WEASELS INTO THE CONGRESS AND WHAT DO THEY DO ?
    FIND SOMEBODY TO SELL THE APACHES SACRED LANDS TOO .
    FOR MONEY , SO THEY CAN GET THE 30 PEICES OF SILVER .
    FLAKE AND McCAIN ,YOU ARE THE REASON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE UP IN ARMS OVER GOVERNMENT OVER REACH .YOU HAVE VIOLATED THE TRUST THAT WAS PLACED IN YOU ,I HOPE THE MOSLEM / ISLAMIC / TERRORISTS YOU ARE WORKING FOR , GET YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES .
    TRY AND BUY YOUR WAY OUT OF THAT SCHITT .

  • leetrav

    McCain is joined at the hip (GOD forbid) with none other than Killary Clinton. I’m sure they ALL got their ‘cut’ of the action. These people are CRIMINALS masquerading as Politicians. Horrible & soulless! GREEDY EVIL pricks.

  • Sloan

    OUTRAGEOUS, THE EVIL CORRUPT GOVERNMENT STILL STEALING LAND OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS TO FATTEN THEIR WALLETS AGAIN.

  • ralph newton

    This can’t stand.Need more info on how to get involved.

  • Beeta

    THESE SENATORS AND REPS, KILLARY AND OBAMA ARE GETTING RICH SELLING OFF AMERICA. THEY ARE SELLING OFF OUR RESOURCES TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER ABROAD. WE HAVE LOST OUR URAINIUM TO RUSSIA AND SO MUCH MORE BEING SOLD BY KILLARY AND THE REST. THIS BELONGS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND NOT JUST THESE HOLDING OFFICE WHO THINK THEY ARE PRIVILEDGED TO SELL OFF AMERICA.

  • Lon

    Hahaha…… here’s a butt load of shitty stupid Lil pricks on this thread. It’s like the hills have eyes hillbilly tards trying to have a debate but their to inbred and brain damaged..
    Obama should send a nut wagon and round em up and use em for target practice

  • Lon

    There hasn’t been a ‘land grab’ for a hundred years you stupid eggheads

  • Karole Conaway

    mccain, flake and every senator who passes this need to DIE! The federal government needs to DIE!

  • John

    McCain is one of the “Keating Five”, the biggest savings & loan scandal of the 80’s….he should be in prison.