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Our 'church' is at risk

The San Carlos Apache Tribe is in a battle to save sacred land from being mined for copper. We hear from the chairman. Plus, more from John Tahsuda regarding US Census numbers and the impending government shutdown

San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Terry Rambler is leading calls to Congress in an effort to save a piece of land that is sacred to his tribal nation. Oak Flat is located in southwestern Arizona, some 14 miles from the tribe's boundaries. It is currently under threat of being mined for copper. Rambler gives us an update about his advocacy and whether a piece of legislation could save the land from being destroyed. 

John Tahsuda III, Kiowa, is a regular contributor to ICT's newscast. In 2002, he worked as the staff director for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. He also is a former principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian Affairs and served in that position from 2017 to 2020. Currently, he is a partner at Navigators Global, which is a company that provides political services to several industries, including tribes.

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix. 

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is executive producer of Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

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