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Sacred Apache Lands being given to Rio Tinto, a foreign company

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Bills that cannot stand on their own are often attached to major spending bills at the last moment. This is a practice that has been going on for a long time, but it by-passes the democratic process of debate. The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act is one of those that has had a last minute amendment without debate.

    ReVerb Press: Congress Giving Sacred Apache Lands To Foreign Mining Company

    "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. 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."

    Tribe Chairman, Terry Rambler had been asking Congress to not go through with this so it's not like no one was aware of the implications. However, "when the latest version of the bill was read on Tuesday evening, (Dec 2) there was no mention of the Apache land. On Wednesday morning, there it was. He is asking that the Senate not vote on the appropriation until the measure is removed."

    What is really disturbing is that John McCain seems to care more about a huge multinational foreign company than the Apaches in his home state. Way to go John McCain...you have shown how money talks.
  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote: Bills that cannot stand on their own are often attached to major spending bills at the last moment. This is a practice that has been going on for a long time, but it by-passes the democratic process of debate. The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act is one of those that has had a last minute amendment without debate.

    ReVerb Press: Congress Giving Sacred Apache Lands To Foreign Mining Company

    "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. 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."

    Tribe Chairman, Terry Rambler had been asking Congress to not go through with this so it's not like no one was aware of the implications. However, "when the latest version of the bill was read on Tuesday evening, (Dec 2) there was no mention of the Apache land. On Wednesday morning, there it was. He is asking that the Senate not vote on the appropriation until the measure is removed."

    What is really disturbing is that John McCain seems to care more about a huge multinational foreign company than the Apaches in his home state. Way to go John McCain...you have shown how money talks.
    Schmidt; as I said many times the 1% runs this country; McCain is one of them and a patsy for any lobby which suits him; Sorry to say slowly but surely Americans have no longer any respect for anything, let alone the original "owners" of this land which they murdered by the thousands. "Greed" reigns nothing else.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch -- You are right about the 1 percent. But when you say "Americans have no longer any respect for anything" that is a blanket statement that doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote: Dutch -- You are right about the 1 percent. But when you say "Americans have no longer any respect for anything" that is a blanket statement that doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
    Sure, please tell me where they they have respect for? Money? The Pope? The" law" ? guns? mother in law? the army? the IRS? Jesus? Nature? what else?

    I'm kidding; of course my statement is going overboard; however there is a lot of thruth in it. At least it would be a good discussion point about "value's" and "respect" for these and other people.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Yes Americans have been stereotyped along with Muslims and Christians and Russians and Chinese and Arabs, etc. In every society and religion there are segments of the people, including those in government, that are driven by greed, power, fear, hate, religious ideologies or other tribal loyalties, and they are ruthless in those pursuits. And by their actions, they get the headlines...hence we generalize based on the actions of those few.

    You are right, however, when it comes to politics. That so few people vote in our elections is a disgrace. And most often it is those that are marginalized that don't vote for whatever reason. Who really cares about the Apaches...do they contribute to the coffers of the elected officials? Many others just don't care but I keep knocking on doors at election time to try get out the vote.

    I am getting off topic here but wanted to respond to your comments.
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    screwing the natives once again. hundreds of years go by and nothing changes. time to go wash out my brain with soap.
  • Independent
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    lonely bird Wrote: screwing the natives once again. hundreds of years go by and nothing changes. time to go wash out my brain with soap.
    Wow; how do you get the soap into your brain and what kind of soap (with spot removal)? I don't want to call it names but how about "foam head" , "bubble head" "Tide brain"
    Just kidding , I know what you mean.