San Carlos Apache Tribal Council Member Wendsler Nosie, Sr. – Sacred Site
Sometimes as professional American Indians and Alaska Natives working to advocate for change in Washington, DC, with the states, or within Indian Country, the reason and purpose for the work may slide away or even become lost. San Carlos Apache Tribal Council Member Wendsler Nosie, Sr. reminded USET Tribal leaders to remember what is sacred. In doing so, councilman Nosie also raised the issues of House Bill 687 (2014) and Senate Bill 339 (2014), which deals with a land exchange of more than 2400 acres of sacred land to a company called Resolution Copper, which proposes to drill 7,000 feet into the ground to access an aquifer. Nosie told USET this will set a bad precedent if it passes because it violates Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act as well as religious freedoms.