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Old 12-19-2014, 02:08 PM   #14
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This land is not part of the current reservation area, but taken from Apaches many years ago and now part of the U.S. Forest Service.

The land includes territory where Apaches gather medicinal plants and acorns -- a food source that has sustained the people for as long as they know. It also surrounds the Apache Leap, a summit from which trapped Apaches once jumped to their deaths rather than be killed by settlers in the late 1800s.

“Since time immemorial people have gone there. That’s part of our ancestral homeland," Terry Rambler, the chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe said, referring to the overall area in question. "We’ve had dancers in that area forever -- sunrise dancers -- and coming-of-age ceremonies for our young girls that become women. They’ll seal that off. They’ll seal us off from the acorn grounds, and the medicinal plants in the area, and our prayer areas.”

There are supposed to be two areas excluded from mining, including Apache Leap, but the bill specifies Resolution Copper can get permission in just 30 or 90 days to drill among the oaks.
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