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Apaches Sue To Stop Copper Mine Below Arizona Holy Site

Mark Duggan
Oak Flat is about 40 miles east of Phoenix. It is considered sacred land by the San Carlos Apache and other Arizona tribes. File photo taken Sept. 26, 2010.

Grassroots organization Apache Stronghold has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt the publication of an environmental study that would begin the swap of the holy land from the Apache to a mining company.

Resolution Copper seeks to mine the copper underneath Oak Flat, a section of the Tonto National Forest, which would destroy the sacred area.

Host Peter O'Dowd speaks with Debra Utacia Krol, a reporter with The Arizona Republic, about the contentious deal.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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