One of the presentations, made in the May 2009 UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, highlighted opposition by the San Carlos Apache of Arizona to the prospect of a major new copper mine, to be operated jointly by Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.
In 2005, thanks to campaigning by members of the tribe, Rio Tinto was forced to withdraw from the reservation itself. However a year later, Rio Tinto, joined by BHP Billiton, set up Resolution Copper and relocated to the area known as Oak Flat and Apache Leap.
In November 2007, the San Carlos Apache tribal chairman delivered an eloquent and detailed condemnation of the project.
Now the tribe has repeated that condemnation.