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Would This Planned Western Mining Project Violate Religious Freedom Protections?

posted on March 27, 2023

Kelsey Dallas of Deseret News reports that Apache Stronghold, an advocacy group that represents the Apache people, is suing in federal court to prevent a land transfer that would give Resolution Copper, a mining company, ownership rights to their sacred land. Lower courts ruled against Apache Stronghold’s claim of religious freedom infringement, but an appeals court has agreed to rehear the case. The group alleges that the land transfer would deprive them of access to Oak Flats, a religiously significant area on which the Apache people have held ceremonies for centuries. Wendsler Nosie Sr. of the Apache Stronghold said in a November press release, “The government protects historical churches and other important religious landmarks, and our site deserves no less protection.”

Read at Deseret News