From Oak Flats to Oakland The fight to save all of our Mountains on Turtle Island

Tiny - Posted on 11 April 2016

It was a low, silent whisper

The Cries of Mama Earth were those of a woman who believed no-one would find her
if you listened very carefully you could hear a low destroyed cry rise up with every drop of grayish-white blood that seeped from her skin

Mama Earth was screaming
It was the scream at the end of a rape
when we barely have enough energy to breathe... excerpt of MountainRape by tiny

“If this act goes through, it will not just mean the privatization of Oak Flats- but of all federal open land all across the US,” Duke Romero, indigenous land warrior and member of the Apache stronghold occupation at the sacred site of Oak Flats, Arizona, spoke about trying to save Mama Earth from more corporate destruction
As Duke said In December of 2014 Arizona Poltricksters Anne Kirkpatrick, John McCain and others went to congress to present a midnight rider addendum called the Southeast Arizona land exchange to the National Defense Authorization Act and then it was  passed by the U.S. House and the Senate. It is a bill pushed by Arizona Representatives Gosar & Kirkpatrick and Arizona Senators McCain and others and will effectively open up all federal land to kkkorporate desecration

It was a low, silent whisper
The Cries of Mama Earth were those of a woman who believed no-one would find her
a low destroyed cry would emanate with every drop of grayish-white blood that seeped from her skin

When POOR Magazine’s Indigenous Peoples Media Project went  on a humble journey to the part of Turtle Island the colonizers call Arizona and specifically a sacred site called Oak Flats. Our hearts were already heavy with the endless war on the poor and indigenous peoples of the Bay Area and all across Amerikkklan and on the day we arrived,  the news of the po”Lice murder of Loreal Juana Barnell-Tsingine. in Winslow put us over the edge with sorrow. The war on the poor and our poor bodies of color never stops- never takes a day off, and yet now it seems, if its possible, its gotten worse.

As we walked through Miami, Arizona which like Superior, Arizona is a settler-colonial town so small you could miss it, there was a sorrow-filled silence that filled the atmosphere. The grey air was heavy with peoples loss, economic, spiritual and physical. Following the amerikkklan model, the settler-colonizers who colonized this Apache land: read: perpetrated mass genocide on the 1st peoples of the area, then enslaved, stole, worked them and the poorest white people among them to death. After they had destroyed everything and everybody, the 21st colonizers who call themselves names like Freeport-McMoRan and Rio Tinto  proceed with the rape of every shred of Mama Earth’s body.  Andthen like the kkkorporate rapists they are, once there was nothing left to steal, take or profit off of, abandoned her and her earth peoples for dead. 

“They are even planning to take the whole road out, and close off the access to very small towns like Top of the World if this goes through,” Duke proceeded to tell the horror story of the proposed monster mine “tailing” of 2500 feet tall and 15 miles long that is being proposed by Rio Tinto, a multinational corporation dredging, bleeding, destroying water, airand poor and indigenous peoples liveable land all over the Mama Earth in search for copper and other metals needed for the endless need for electricity to power all of our electronics.  Mine tailing is the “weird , sad moon-like mountain of waste produced when these corporations desecrate mama earth’s mountains for her resources. In so many of the places we traveled the quiet  medicine bringing mountain ranges of Arizona were transformed into what resembled the surface of the moon. No life grows there, no green, no water, no color remains. 

Duke told us that with this proposed monster mine which was aptly named "Resolution" there will be even more poisoning of the water than there already was in most of Arizona due to the already existent multitudes of mines, as well as air contamination into an already dust-filled environment of Arizona which will be an increase the dust storms to include arsenic, mercury, and other dangerous chemicals.Add this to the insanity of nearby Flagstaff, Arizona with the desecration and poisoning of the San Francisco Peaks sacred siteand the nearby aquifers with fecal matter, hormones and pharmaceuticals run-off used for snow so people can mindlessly ski and you have effectively poisoned most of the people in Arizona.

“Now that the mine is leaving town we are looking for new things to bring into our economy,” PNN Indigenous peoples media project attended the City Council meeting of Miami, Arizona, on the day after we spoke to Duke Romero only to hear most of the townsfolk agreeing with the exciting news of the “new Resolution Mine” which is purported to bring thousands of new jobs into town and revenue for the town.

“People are excited by the jobs, but what they don’t know, is most of the mine will be run by autonomous machinery, in other words, no humans will be needed to work the mines.” Most of the time in the destruction of Mama Earth, kkkorporate rapists cite the “jobs” that will be generated. Instead, this is usually the way they “sell” rape on the people of their own resources. 

“This is not just an Apache issue - but an everyone issue, all races, all people, mountain climbers, campers, nature lovers, everyone needs to come together to fight this Land Exchange Act,” Duke Romero concluded with ways folks need to urgently help. 

What people in large urban areas rarely think about is the way that we are impacted by the poisoning of our mountains and deserts, but what is rarely discussed is the direct connection that poltrickster desecration moves like the Land Exchange Act will impact everyone. Locally, in California we have hundreds of “mineable” mountains, if this goes through it will open up federal land from Yosemite to Yonkers, from Oak Flats to Oakland. From Apache Land to Los Angeles, who knows what these corporate rapists have  in store.  Saving Mama Earth from more desecration truly means saving us all.   

Duke explained that there are two repeals of the Federal Land Exchange Act being presented in congress right now and that all of us can help by writing ( a snail mail or phone call, email not so good but better than nothing), to ask your local congress person to support the Repeal of the Land Exchange Act. Remember it may not feel like they are listening, bu they have to record it if its a phone call or snail mail. For more information and ongoing updates go to


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