The San Carlos Apache
of Arizona is hosting a spiritual march and gathering at one of its sacred sites.
The 40-mile walk will begin at the tribal administration building on Thursday morning. Participants are expected to arrive at Oak Flat
, the site that will be affected by a huge copper mine that was approved by Congress, on Friday.
On Saturday morning, the tribe will host a prayer ceremony that features the Rev. John Mendez from the Emmanuel Baptist Church in North Carolina. Other churches, spiritual groups and organization are also invited to attend.
The gathering will conclude on Sunday with a breakfast and a blessing.
All Nations Spiritual Gathering. Image from Facebook
In December, Congress passed H.R.3979
Defense Authorization Act
of the 1,648-page package authorizes the transfer of federal land to
for a mine at Oak Flats.
signed the bill
on December 19 despite protests from Apache tribes and tribes around the country.
In response to a petition
that opposed the transfer, the White House
said the Obama administration will work with the mining company to address concerns about the sacred site.
Although Section 3003 requires consultation of tribes that will be affected by the mine, it allows the swap to go through no matter how strong the objections. It only requires Resolution Copper to come up with "mutually acceptable measures" to address the impacts to the sacred sites.
Nearly every tribe in Arizona opposes the mine. It affects sites used by Apache tribes for food and medicinal gathering and for ceremonies, including coming-of-age rites that were held as recently as last October.
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