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To: President Obama

Congress passes bill that allows the largest land grab of all times

Petition Text

The Congress passed a horrible piece of legislation called the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R.3979). Hidden in this bill is a document that wants to give 2,400 acres of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona to a subsidiary of the Australian-English mining giant Rio Tinto. It also opens hundreds of thousands of acres of National land to 'trade' or ecological destruction. Please veto the "Carl Levin and Howard P. ‘Buck’ McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015” H.R.3979

Why is this important?

The acreage they want to give away is the most scared lands of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. They want to strip all of the copper ore out from under the lands where the tribes have used for burials and scared ceremonies of hundreds of years. The company even admits this will cause "a little subsidence" of these lands. What that means is these mountains will collapse after having a huge amount of rock removed from under them.They do not even talk about the fact that this scared mountain is an important part of the water supply to the entire very arid region. Another fact ignored is that they will have to pollute the water resources that are already used in this area in order to get the "Low grade copper ore" out from under them since water is necessary for ore processing. What will the scared lands look like in 10 years? This area of fragile ecology supports many endangered species. All that will be left is a smoldering pile of pulverized rock surrounded by drying up ponds of polluted water. This will not only be an environmental disaster, but the total destruction of the San Carlos Apache Tribe's culture and past.

Why are we even talking about allowing a foreign company to destroy Native American property? This does no benefit anyone except a company with ties to China and Iran. Or perhaps certain politicians.

The Native Americans have been lied to and cheated by the American Government too many times already. Now they want to allow San Carlos Apache Tribe's most sacred lands to be destroyed so a foreign company can get richer? This is completely immoral and should be totally illegal!

Some other American National lands scheduled to be given away or heavily exploited include:
1,600 acres from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State for industrial development
70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska would be opened to logging
A couple thousand acres of National Lands in North Carolina
There are hundreds of thousands of acres of American to be handed off or tied up for industrial destruction in this massive land grab. Why is is all hidden away inside of a defense bill when it has nothing to do with defense, but everything to do with greed?

Just when I thought that our Congress could go no lower, they find a new way of demonstrating their complete disdain for the people that they are supposed to be representing. Now they are helping themselves to land that is supposed to belong to all Americans

The Congress is giving away out National lands to anyone that they want to. Where do they get the right to give away any American National Lands? Also included in this horrible bill are other areas important to people that they want to give away including National properties in North Carolina. Our National lands belong to the people of this country not to Congress! These people need to be stopped before they destroy the entire country so they can get wealthier! They will be able to afford to leave the remains of this beautiful country after they pillage and rape it, but millions of Americans will not have the same luxury. This is our future generation's heritage that they are so callously wiping out for the purpose of a few selfish people getting richer.

How it will be delivered

My plans would be to give the signatures to the San Carlos Apache Tribe. I think it would be best if they presented them to President Obama in person. They are the ones with the most to lose if this bill is enacted.

Tonto National Forest in Arizona

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2014-12-10 02:01:55 -0500

100 signatures reached

2014-12-09 15:18:53 -0500

50 signatures reached

2014-12-09 12:43:53 -0500

25 signatures reached

2014-12-09 10:16:41 -0500

10 signatures reached