House vote expected on land swap opposed by Arizona tribes
Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2011
is expected to vote later this month on H.R.1904
the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act.
The bill authorizes a land swap between the federal government and Resolution Copper
company plans to use the land for a copper mine in the Tonto National Forest
Nearly every tribe in Arizona opposes the swap. The mine would be located
near Apache Leap, a sacred site to the San Carlos Apache
, and near other culturally important sites.
"“Some time immemorial, we have found refuge there and gathered precious medicinal herbs and traditional food there. Our goal is to protect those sites from potential ruin. Once they are lost, they can never be regained," Chairwoman Kathy Kitcheyan said in a statement, The Apache Moccasin reported.
The House Natural
voted 26-19 to approve the bill in July.
Get the Story:
House vote on Land Swap this month
Kathy Kitcheyan first to speak out
(The Apache Moccasin 9/7)
Committee Markup on H.R. 1408, H.R. 1904, H.R. 2150, H.R. 2170, H.R. 2171, H.R.
2172 and H.R. 2173
(July 13, 2011)
House committee backs land swap opposed by Arizona tribes
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