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Tuesday, 28 July 2015 19:56

Shame on McCain + Flake

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Posted July 28, 2015
National Politics + Culture + Basic Decency
Shame! Shame!  Shame on Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.
-- SCPA Editor

Selling Off Apache Holy Land

The New York Times, The Opinion Pages, Op-Ed by Lydia Millet, May 29, 2015

… in December 2014, Congress promised to hand the title for Oak Flat over to a private, Australian-British mining concern. A fine-print rider trading away the Indian holy land was added at the last minute to the must-pass military spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. By doing this, Congress has handed over a sacred Native American site to a foreign-owned company for what may be the first time in our nation’s history. ...

… the archaeological record at Oak Flat contains abundant evidence that the Apache have been here “since well before recorded history,” according to congressional testimony by the Society for American Archaeology. …

… the giveaway language was slipped onto the defense bill by Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona at the 11th hour. The tactic was successful only because, like most last-minute riders, it bypassed public scrutiny. …

… The deal is an impressive new low in congressional corruption, unworthy of our country’s ideals no matter what side of the aisle you’re on. It’s exactly the kind of cynical maneuvering that has taught the electorate to disrespect politicians — a disdain for government that hurts everyone. If ever there was a time for Congress to prove its moral mettle to the public, this is that time. The rider should be repealed.


The Apache Way: The March to Oak Flat

Truthout, by Roger Hill, March 4, 2015

The land exchange violates a 1955 executive order by President Eisenhower that explicitly puts the Oak Flat Campground land off limits to future mining activity. …

… For Arizona Republicans, it is easy to give away something that does not belong to them: just sneak it into a defense bill. It is much more difficult to hold on to someplace sacred, to protect it from destruction and save holy land for future generations of Apache warriors. In the "white man's world," as we heard many times over recent days, it is much harder to preserve than to develop. ...


Oak Flat: The Latest Land Grab from Native Americans

Crooks and Liars, by Dave Johnson, July 23, 2015

A "sneak law" attachment to a "must-pass" bill gives sacred Native American land to a foreign mining company. How did this happen?

Do you remember that "Citibank budget," where a budget bill to avert an imminent government shutdown suddenly had in it a Citibank-written provision deregulating certain risky financial trades? If Congress voted against the budget, the government would shut down, so Citibank got its way? This is how "sneak laws" get through. Usually We the People don't get a chance to learn about them in time to do something about it, and this was one example. …



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