Judge Rules Against Apaches In Oak Flat Copper Mine Case
A federal judge has rejected a request by the grassroots group Apache Stronghold to keep the U.S. Forest Service from transferring a parcel of land to a copper mining company.
The group made the request in a lawsuit against the Forest Service earlier this year.
U.S. District Judge Steven Logan said Friday that because the group is not a federally recognized tribe with a government-to-government relationship with the United States, it lacks standing.
The Apaches say they consider the land at Oak Flat sacred.
The had asked for at least a temporary delay while the court hears arguments in the case.