Naelyn Pike, is defiant.
“We’re Apaches. We’re warriors. The Spaniards and the United States government fought us here. They think they won but they didn’t. The war never ended.”
Resolution Copper, a subsidiary of international mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, plan to build a copper mine at Apache holy site Chi’chil Bildagoteel. In a decades-long fight to save Oak Flat, Wendsler Nosie Sr. and now his daughters and granddaughters persevere. In November 2019 while many Arizonans were celebrating Thanksgiving, Nosie Sr., his granddaughter Báásé Pike, 15, and grandson Taylor Thorne, 15, ran in the sleet and cold from Old San Carlos to Oak Flat. Nosie Sr. says he is home.