Apaches Push 9th Circ. To Halt Copper Mine Land Exchange

By Andrew Westney (March 19, 2021, 10:57 PM EDT) -- Nonprofit group Apache Stronghold has pressed the Ninth Circuit to prevent the federal government from transferring sacred land in Arizona to the Resolution Copper mine venture, saying the federal government's decision to extend an environmental review of the project doesn't guarantee the mine won't go forward.

The San Carlos Apache group said in a brief to the circuit court Thursday that an Arizona federal judge wrongly rejected its bid for an injunction to prevent the swap of land currently part of the Tonto National Forest for the copper mine, a joint venture of Rio Tinto Group and BHP Group.

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