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Video: Comedian Lee Camp Skewers the Oak Flat Land Grab


You know something is ludicrous when it does not have to be exaggerated for a parody.

Comedian Lee Camp, creator and host of the satirical newscast Redacted Tonight, proves irrevocably that this applies to Oak Flat and the Resolution Copper deal.

“We white people have run into the problem that we’re almost out of things to steal from them,” the comedian says, introducing the segment on Oak Flat, the Resolution Copper land grab and the defense bill—“them” being American Indians. “But Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake recently stood up to the challenge.”

They did so, as is widely known, by receiving lots of money in campaign contributions from that very company, plus (in the case of Flake) at one point working as a paid lobbyist for parent Rio Tinto, says Camp, citing information quoted in a recent op-ed in The New York Times.

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A clip of Jeff Flake proclaiming that the measure has “bipartisan support” draws parallels to the joining of two horror movies.

“When you guys agree … it’s like being excited that Freddie Kruger and Chuckie got together in a bipartisan agreement to dismember you,” Camp says from his faux-anchor chair.

He, like San Carlos Apache Tribe Chairman Terry Rambler, caught the potential for deception in the assurances that tribes could continue conducting their spiritual ceremonies on the site “so long as it remains safe to do so.”

Resolution Copper Project Director Andrew Taplin has said that “San Carlos Apache will have access as long as it’s safe,” Rambler said in a recent interview with Indian Country Today Media Network. “But once they start building roads and moving around heavy equipment they’ll say, ‘Hey, it’s not safe, get out of here!’ That’s what that means.”

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Camp calls it like it is, with an edge.

“Yeah, you know all those open-pit mining operations where it’s safe to hold sacred ceremonies,” squawks Camp. “Don’t worry Apache, once we cut out a two-mile crater, you can dance your pants off.”

It’s a full five minutes of painful, unbridled hilarity.