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Apache Survival Coalition - Mount Graham

The Apache Survival Coalition is an organization working to protect Mount Graham, an Apache sacred site and environmentally critical habitat in Arizona.
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P.O. Box 1237
San Carlos, AZ 85550

Phone: (520) 475-2543
Fax: same, wait for tone
Website: http://www.mountgraham.org

Detailed Information:
The Mt. Graham controversy -- the desecration of the peaks by the presence of astronomical telescopes -- has opened many wounds between the Apaches and the Forest Service, the University of Arizona, Congress, Max Planck Insitute of Germany, Arcetri Observatory (Florence, Italy) and the Vatican City State. The differences in cultures and attitudes are very real. Clearly, in a desert, the Apache pray for rain and praise Mt. Graham when it is covered with clouds. The astronomers hope there will be no rain and no clouds so that they will profit from clear, dry desert skies. The Forest Service defines the ga`an (the mountain spirits) as "intangible cultural properties." To the Apache, the ga`an are as tangible as wind and the trees. The controversy has become international and heated.

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