"For the Apache and their allies who have come to understand their culture, Chi’chil Bildagoteel is their Vatican, their Mount Sinai, their Mecca. For them, it is among the most sacred places in the word. It is the place where many bring their babies immediately after they are born so that they have the opportunity to begin their lives the right way. It is the place where Apache teenagers have undergone coming-of-age ceremonies since time immemorial. It is a place where they cleanse, where they gather medicines, and where they pray in their traditional way. For the Apaches, it has always been this place.
Unlike comparable holy sites around the world, however, the Apaches have never placed a permanent structure on Chi’chil Bildagoteel because in their eyes, to develop this land would be to desecrate it.
For the Australian-British multinational corporation Resolution Copper, the fact that there are no developments or buildings on Oak Flat is part of the reason why they do not believe that the Apaches revere it to the degree that they claim. To them, Oak Flat is a piece of property in central Arizona, 100 miles east of Phoenix, that is worth millions of dollars in untapped ore for the company and untold dollars in campaign donations for their political allies. Fusion reached out to Resolution Copper for comment multiple times, but they did not reply."--@thisisfusion | 1.7.17 Oak Flat, AZ.
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