Native Americans sue Trump administration over Arizona copper project
Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
Apache Stronghold, a non-profit organisation that filed the lawsuit in the US District Court in Phoenix, said it sought to stop the publication of a final environmental impact statement that will trigger the transfer of Oak Flat land to Resolution Copper.
“Giving away our sacred land by the US government for destruction by a foreign mining company destroys our ability to practice our religion,” Apache Stronghold said in an emailed statement.
US President Donald Trump’s outgoing administration plans to approve the land swap on January 15, clearing a long-time hurdle for a project that is opposed by many Native Americans.
The environmental impact statement is slated to be published on Friday, five days before Trump is replaced by President-elect Joe Biden.
While Biden has not spoken publicly about the project, he promised Arizona tribal leaders in October that they would “have a seat at the table” in his administration.