Congress Giving Sacred Apache Lands To Foreign Mining Company
December 10, 2014 by Bob Rowen, reverbpress.com
taken from Rowen’a post: In a late night addition to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill, Congress slipped in a provision that will hand off 2,400 acres of land sacred to the San Carlos Apache to a foreign mining concern. The ancestral and ceremonial lands, a part of the Tonto National Forest, includes the site, Apache Leap, where Apache warriors jumped to their deaths rather than be captured by US troops. “Since time immemorial people have gone there. That’s part of our ancestral homeland. We’ve had dancers in that area forever – sunrise dancers – and coming-of-age ceremonies for our young girls that become women. They’ll seal that off. They’ll seal us off from the acorn grounds, and the medicinal plants in the area, and our prayer areas,” said Terry Rambler, Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
The measure which has failed several times in the past but was inserted into the must-pass defense appropriation bill thanks to the efforts of Arizona Republican Senator, John McCain. On passage of the NDAA, the land will be given over to Resolution Copper, a subsidiary of the Rio Tinto, a massive mining concern based in London, England and Melbourne, Australia that has been salivating over the prospect of mining the area for years.
… Rambler is organizing grass-roots opposition and is circulation a White House petition, STOP APACHE LAND GRAB; “It may seem impossible but our elders have taught us not to lose faith in the power of prayer and of course prayer will be there to help guide us through, but as far as a strategy, we know it’s going to take a grassroots effort and a lot of awareness in the public eye to see our side of the story and that’s what we need to get out there,” http://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-apache-land-grab/rnMfHOWL
[See NDAA – National Defense Authorization Act @ americanservices.house.gov
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 is the comprehensive legislation to authorize the budget authority of the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy.
HASC, SASC Release Text of FY 2015 NDAA Agreement
Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAAFY15_House_Senate_Agreement.pdf – 3.4 MBs)
Joint Explanatory Statement to Accompany National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAAFY15_House_Senate_Agreement_JointExpStatement.pdf – 1.1 MBs)
House Passed Version
Final Floor Passage – FY15 NDAA
Sponsor: Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon Roll Call Vote Adopted 325-98
H.R. 4435, as passed in the House, received in the Senate, and placed on the Senate calendar (PCS):
H.R. 4435 – Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 Placed on Calendar Senate]
The white man’s policy is to con the natives and sign treaties that are worthless – talk is cheap and promises invalid when you have a forked tongue – Damn McCain and his republican cronies, damn them to the deepest levels of Dantes’ hell. We don’t need to fear terrorists from the Middle East, we’re ripe with our own terrorists: land rapers, citizen killers, Golden Calf worshipers, military torture and maimers, women and children disrespecters. Our leaders do not acknowledge the concept of another’s sacred tenets since they have corrupted their own God and twisted His message into monetary payback and righteous greed. Their jackboots have kicked soft Jesus to the curb in favor of lobbyist Jesus. Is there any doubt as to who they truly serve? How far will we, the American citizen, allow our congressional representatives to take us before we wake up?