Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake Are Selling Native American Holy Lands For Their Own Personal Gain

One of the most beautiful spots on Earth is the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but I’m kinda wondering how long we’ll be able to enjoy that spot, what with the antics of a pair of Arizona legislators.

Thanks to Old Man In The Senate, John “Get Off'a My Lawn” McCain, and his cohort in asshattery Senator Jeff Flake — oh so aptly named — an Apache holy site is about to be handed off to a foreign mining company that will scrape the land down about a 1,000 feet and leave a scar some two-miles wide. But hey, it’s just a Native American holy site, and, with money coming in from a foreign company, why wouldn’t McCain and Flake wanna get rid of it.

Resolution Copper Mining — a joint endeavor by the U.K.’s Rio Tinto and Australia’s BHP-Billiton — has had their eyes on Oak Flat because of the deposits of copper and other ores in the ground there. But Oak Flat was declared a protected area back in 1955 by President Dwight Eisenhower, and that has kept the mining threat at bay even in the face of multiple proposals to sell the land that have been brought before Congress over the last 10 years.

So, how does this happen now you ask? Well, it happens because of money; John McCain, lying hypocritical money-grubbing fuck-monkey just happens to be Congress’ largest recipient of campaign contributions from Rio Tinto, and Jeff Flake was once a paid lobbyist for Rio Tinto.

Surprise! And so, because their wallets are bulging with Rio Tinto cash, McCain and Flake made an end run around the opposition to the sale last December when they slipped a provision putting Oak Flat up for sale into the hundreds of pages of legislation that made up the Defense Authorization Act, a law funding the military whose passage was considered crucial, and basically guaranteed.

And so now this holy site, used as a ceremonial and burial ground by the Apaches, which pre-dates history, as shown by petroglyphs on the rock, is up for sale, to be mined, stripped and gutted; oh, and let’s not forget that Oak Flat is also a national recreation property, used by birders, campers, climbers and hikers.

The good news is that as soon as McCain and Flake cashed their Rio Tinto checks and snuck their little piece of legislation into a completely different bill, the San Carlos Apache Tribe began organizing a protest; tribe chairman, Terry Rambler wrote to other Native tribes:
“We have a dream that one day our children and their children to follow may freely practice the religious ceremonies that come from our Creator. We must stand together and fight those, like Resolution Copper, that seek to take our religious freedom, our most human right. If we do not, our beliefs, our spiritual lives, the very foundation of our language, our culture and our belief will no longer be in balance, and we will become undone. If we do not, the taking of one people’s human right threatens all human and religious rights.”
In February, over 300 members of the San Carlos Apache tribe began an occupation of the Oak Flat campground in protest of the impending sale, along with the support of the Sierra Club and the Arizona Audubon Society, Concerned Citizens, the Retired Miners Association, and Concerned Climbers of Arizona, and other Native groups like the White Mountain Apache Tribe, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Tribe, the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, the InterTribal Council of Arizona, and the National Congress of American Indians.

The better news? What McCain and Flake have done can be undone. A federal environmental Impact Statement has to be issued before the transfer can take place and that process will take several years, so, We The People can put pressure on Congress to repeal McCain and Flake’s disgraceful rider.

Step one: contact your state’s Congressman and protest the sale; while you're at it, contact McCain and Flake.

Step two: the people of Arizona need to get John McCain and Jeff Flake — who are doing what’s best for their own personal interests, campaigns, and bank accounts and not what’s best for Arizona, or this country — out of office.

Seriously. If asshats and fuckmonkeys like McCain and Flake have their way, why don’t we mine and frack and drill, and pave over the entire country and sell the lands to foreign investors?

Ain’t that America?

Saving Oak Flat Facebook Page


the dogs' mother said...

Disappointing in the extreme.

Michael Dodd said...

Why is it that a supposedly religious [which almost always is code for 'evangelical Christian'] America has so little understanding or respect for the spiritual beliefs and traditions of others? But then again, it seems they actually have little understanding or respect for other Christian beliefs and traditions.

To quote an ABBA song:
"Money, money, money, must be funny,
In the rich man's world.
Money, money, money, always sunny
In the rich man's world."

Biki Honko said...

Yet again a sad day for Arizona.

Mitchell is Moving said...

They never stop, do they!?!

anne marie in philly said...

copper mining is dangerous for mother earth!

viktor kerney said...

This is so disrespectful of them to do this

Raybeard said...

Like Michael D, above, my first thought was also a song - "Money makes de vurld go round, de vurld go round, de vurld go round....." - but if you haven't any yourself then it's just tough-titty 'cos we can do what we want to get more, more, more, and NO ONE can stop us!

Helen Lashbrook said...

Rio Tinto are an appalling company, with no moral sense and, like so many other British companies, interested only in the bottom line. I think it appalling that politicians can be given 'bribes' and get away with it, something that you can't do anymore at FIFA without the US Department of Justice getting involved. Just a shame that Congressmen and Senators can get away with receiving their payouts.

Anonymous said...

These two white politicians ,,two republican politicians, screwing the native people again.