Executive Session Forum on Protecting Native American Sacred Sites

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 Time: 02:30 PM Location: Rayburn House Office Building 2226

Agenda

Forum on Protecting Native American Sacred Sites
Save Oak Flat: The Fight to Protect Sacred Apache Land

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2226 Rayburn House Office Building

Public lands, like Oak Flat, are carved out of the ancestral homelands of Indian tribes, and the historical and spiritual connections of Native Americans to these lands have not been extinguished. The United States has legal and moral obligations to provide access to Native Americans and to protect these traditional territories in a manner that respects the cultural, historical and religious importance to Indian tribes.  

 

Witnesses

  1. Naelyn Pike
    San Carlos Apache Youth Tribal Member
    Apache Stronghold
  2. The Honorable Wendsler Nosie
    Councilman
    Apache Stronghold
  3. The Honorable Terry Rambler
    Chairman
    San Carlos Apache Tribe
  4. The Honorable Fawn Sharp
    President
    Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI)
  5. The Honorable Brian Patterson
    President
    United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET)
  6. The Honorable Paulette Jordan
    Secretary
    National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA)

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Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) accepted more than 1 million petition signatures from a broad coalition of activists the roundtable in favor of protecting the Oak Flat area of Arizona sacred to the Apaches, the Yavapai and other Native Americans. Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) accepted more than 1 million petition signatures from a broad coalition of activists the roundtable in favor of protecting the Oak Flat area of Arizona sacred to the Apaches, the Yavapai and other Native Americans. A panel of Native American tribe leaders address Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) The Honorable Paulette Jordan, Secretary, National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA); The Honorable Brian Patterson, President, United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET); The Honorable Terry Rambler, Chairman, San Carlos Apache Tribe; The Honorable Wendsler Nosie, Councilman and Member of Apache Stronghold; Naelyn Pike, San Carlos Apache Youth Tribal Member and Member of the Apache Stronghold Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) The Honorable Wendsler Nosie, Councilman and Member of Apache Stronghold; and Naelyn Pike, San Carlos Apache Youth Tribal Member and Member of the Apache Stronghold Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) address the panel of witnesses. The Honorable Paulette Jordan, Secretary, National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA); The Honorable Brian Patterson, President, United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET); The Honorable Terry Rambler, Chairman, San Carlos Apache Tribe; The Honorable Wendsler Nosie, Councilman and Member of Apache Stronghold; Naelyn Pike, San Carlos Apache Youth Tribal Member and Member of the Apache Stronghold; The Honorable Fawn Sharp, President, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) Forum attendees pose for a picture with the petition signatures sign received from a broad coalition of activists. Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Naelyn Pike, San Carlos Apache Youth Tribal Member and Member of the Apache Stronghold Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) receives a blessing