Oak Flat Prayer Rising - November 4, 2023

A Resolution Copper mine threatens to destroy Oak Flat. From the beginning of time, Apache Stronghold has grounded their resistance in the strength of their religious practice and spiritual relationship with the land.

Apache Stronghold asks people of other faiths to join them in this spiritual struggle. On November 4, Apache Stronghold will amplify these intercessions into a prayer-rising for the preservation of Oak Flat. Indigenous people will gather at Oak Flat to pray according to their ways. People of other faiths will also gather to encounter the Holy and to confront, through prayer, the forces of destruction brought by Resolution Copper.

Come pray with us at Oak Flat November 4 from 8am-4pm! Prepare yourself in prayer and plan your transportation to this sacred site, located an hour east of Phoenix, Arizona. Or, organize prayers in your own community.

Planning to attend the November 4 Prayer-Rising at Oak Flat? We are grateful to you for joining us in a prayerful way! Below are some details to help you plan your trip.

  • We are invited to camp at Oak Flat the evening of November 3, as well as the evening of November 4. The campground is free, but please bring your own tent and sleeping gear. There are also accommodations in the nearby town of Superior. 
  • Please plan for your own meals during the time you are at Oak Flat.
  • The Coalition can assist you with finding a carpool to Oak Flat. Please indicate your interest in carpooling using this RSVP form.
  • The Prayer Rising event will be from 8am-4pm. Indigenous people will gather at Oak Flat to pray according to their ways. People of other faiths will also gather to encounter the Holy and to confront, through prayer, the forces of destruction brought by Resolution Copper.

Planning a November 4 Prayer-Rising in your community? We are asking people of all faith traditions to pray alongside the Apache Stronghold for the sacredness of Oak Flat and all Indigenous lands. Below are some questions to consider as you plan for your November 4th event:

  • Who are the Indigenous people of your land?
  • How is the land sacred to Indigenous people? Which places are known to be sacred?
  • What is your connection to the land you live on? How do you understand the land as sacred, from your tradition?
  • How do you see the connection between the Apache Stronghold’s prayers for their sacred land, and Indigenous land recovery and sovereignty where you live?
  • How can you pray with your community in a way that honors all land as sacred?
  • What can you do to honor the land where you are? To weave your prayers with the Apache Stronghold and their sacred lands?
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