Devil’s Canyon/Oak Flat Campground

I have been following this story for the past 3-4 years. Here is the latest.

Arizona lawmakers spark ire of Apaches over copper mine, land exchange

By Sean J. Miller

SUPERIOR, Ariz. — A local dispute in this old mining town has sparked a legislative battle on Capitol Hill, and the outcome could affect the reelection races of two incumbents in Congress.

A proposed land exchange between the federal government and an international mining conglomerate would carve thousands of acres out of the surrounding national forest — land the Apache Indians consider sacred. Over the last several years, the effort to open a protected area to mining for the first time has become embroiled in an ethics controversy and sparked an environment-versus-jobs debate.

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