San Carlos Apache Tribe fights mine development at sacred place
The San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona continues to fight a proposed copper mine near one of its most sacred sites.

The tribe comes to the Tonto National Forest to pray, harvest acorns and gather medicinal plants. The site is the origin of the Apache people and is used for ceremonies.

"This is where, for us, the world was touched," Chairman Wendsler Nosie told Cronkite News Service. "It's a religious place and a sacred site."

Resolution Copper is proposing a land swap in the forest in order to develop the mine. The project has the support of most of Arizona's Congressional delegation.

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Apache leaders: Spirits, acorns make land proposed for copper mine sacred (Cronkite News Service 9/16)