Action Alert: Save Oak Flat (Resolution Copper)
On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States (SCIP) in the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “The Irreparable Environmental and Cultural Impacts of the Proposed Resolution Copper Mining Operation.”
The proposed mine would destroy a National Register-Listed Traditional Cultural Property (TCP) sand hundreds of additional tribal cultural resources in the region. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) closed the public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on November 7, 2019, and is rushing to finalize the EIS on the Resolution Copper mine by summer 2020. Under legislation passed in Dec. 2014 (SE AZ Land Exchange), once the EIS is finalized, then USFS must transfer the National Register of Historic Places-listed Chí’chil Biłdagoteel Historic District TCP known as Oak Flat to Resolution Copper within 60 days, when it will then become private land owned by this foreign mining company and will not be subject to federal laws.
Please send a letter to Committee Chair Raul Grijalva (email Chris Kaumo and Ariana Romeo) and Subcommittee Chair Ruben Gallego (email Mariel Jorgensen) opposing this action. Click here for a letter that you may either use as-is or personalize and send it to the Congressmen. It will be most useful if they receive it no later than Weds., March 11, 2020.