Tribes Halt Major Copper Mine On Ancestral Lands In Arizona
The Mining Town of Jerome, Arizona High in the hills overlooking Arizona’s Verde Valley, a tiny town filled with history sits, like a mother bird over nesting over her eggs. Except this egg is a billion dollar deposit of copper. And the mother bird – a brave and raucous mix of miners, smelter workers, freighters, gamblers, bootleggers.The San Carlos Apache Tribe, and a coalition of environmentalists, tribes and the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition, also sued the U.S. Forest Service. Resolution Copper, which has said the mine could have a $61 billion impact over the project’s expected 60 years and employ up to 1,500 people, intervened in the San Carlos Apache case.