Tribal leaders are embracing Hillary Clinton but rival Bernie Sanders has vowed to keep fighting until the Democratic convention in July.
The ceremonial and gathering site is on the National Register of Historic Places but the tribe says the fight to protect Oak Flat from a copper mine is far from over.
The candidate has been paying a lot of attention to Arizona ahead of the presidential primary on March 22.
What started off as a seemingly obscure battle has resulted in the conviction of a Republican lawmaker, a slew of belittling actions from another Republican, a major lobbying campaign in Indian Country and a cross-country, media-grabbing caravan to the U.S. Capitol.
Jane Sanders will meet with the Apache Stronghold, a group started by Wendsler Nosie, Sr., a council member for the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
Tribes nationwide and other Americans across the country deeply appreciate Senator Bernie Sanders’ efforts to protect tribal sacred land in Arizona from destruction by foreign-owned mining conglomerates.
Reauthorization of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act, tribes and marijuana and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign were some of the highlights on the closing day of the NCAI winter meeting.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, introduced the Save Oak Flat Act.
There was little discussion on the bills as all were non-controversial.
Bills affect Native languages, land-into-trust for tribes in Montana, Nevada and Mexico and a governance issue for the Miami Nation of Oklahoma.