Grijalva Letter to Secretary Vilsack on Saving Oak Flat from Foreign Mining – April 05, 2023

Washington, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to withhold publication of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on proposed copper mining operations in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. These mining operations threaten to violate religious freedoms by permanently destroying Oak Flat, or Chí’chil Biłdagoteel , which is sacred to many tribal communities in Arizona, including the San Carlos Apache Tribe. 

Access the press release here.

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