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The Pinaleño Mountains or "Mount Graham" is a unique ecological treasure that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache. It is the tallest mountain in southern Arizona and encompasses 6 different life zones from the valley floor to its peak at 10,720 ft.Aspen atop Mt. GrahamAspen atop Mt. Graham

For decades, Apaches, scientists, conservationists, and university students have resisted the University of Arizona's decision to build several large telescopes on the mountain's summit.

 In English - Mount Graham

In Apache - Dzil Nchaa Si An

Called a "Sky Island" ecosystem, the old growth forests on Mount Graham's summit are the Arizona equivalent of rainforests. The abundant springs and high altitude meadows have offered sustenance and a source of healing to desert dwelling Apaches. While frequent cloud cover makes telescope viewing marginal (Mount Graham was ranked 38th in a study of astronomical sites in the US), the cool moist characteristics of the mountain have aided the evolution of 18 different plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Today, the construction of telescopes and resulting federal closure of the mountain top are desecrating the mountain and its irreplaceable relationship with the Apache people.

2015 special use exemption for Mt Graham International Observatory telescope project



AUTHORITY: Arizona-Idaho Conservation Act, P.L. 100-696 (AICA), and the Term Permit Act of March 4,1915,16 U.S.C. 497.

Arizona Board of Regents, on behalf of the University of Arizona, Attn: Senior Vice President for Research, University of Arizona, Building 66, Room 601, Post Office Box 210066, Tucson, AZ 85721. Read more »

Ola Cassadore Davis 1924-2012

Ola Cassadore DavisOla Cassadore DavisOla Cassadore Davis 89, passed into the spirit world November 25, 2012. Survived by her husband, Michael; one sister, two sons, four daughters and 14 grandchildren. Ola was truly one of the great warriors of our time fighting for the rights of her Apache Nation to protect Mt. Graham and for the defense of all Indigenous Peoples' sacred places. She traveled in America and in Europe to confront threats to her native sovereignty, taking her message to the United Nations and to the Vatican. Ola was a true leader who fought for her people and the integrity of their traditions. She helped us all look to the Mountain and make a place in our hearts for all such places. She uplifted many people young and old and inspired us to fight alongside her, and her contributions made a great difference in the world..... many prayers .... Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the Mormon Church on Mormon Hill in San Carlos, AZ. Arrangements by Lamonte Mortuary.

Pray for Arizona’s Mount Graham During National Sacred Places Prayer Days

Apaches in the West, particularly those of the San Carlos and White Mountain tribes, have considered Mount Graham (known as Dzile Nchaa Si’An or Big Seated Mountain) as one of their sacred mountains since time immemorial.

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Endangered Arizona squirrel drops in numbers

The estimated number of endangered Mount Graham squirrels that make their home atop the Pinaleno Mountains in southeastern Arizona is among its lowest in the past 15 years, but biologists are hopeful the small mammals will rebound.

Environmentalists, on the other hand, aren't so optimistic. They say the species won't be on the path to recovery without a significant effort to protect their habitat in the high elevation spruce-fir forest.

Mount Graham Coalition included in notice of intent to sue U.S. Forest Service

BY: Sandra Rambler,  San Carlos

On Dec. 22, 2010, the Mount Graham Coalition, the Maricopa audubon Society and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), filed a Notice of Intent to Sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for failing to reinitiate Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) regarding the Mount Graham Telescope Project which is situated atop Mount Graham, a mountain considered sacred since time immemorial to the San Carlos Apaches. Read more »

Suit Launched to Save Mount Graham Red Squirrel From University of Arizona Telescope Project

For Immediate Release, December 22, 2010
Contact: Dr. Robin Silver, (602) 799-3275

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Apaches oppose telescope permit renewal

By Diane Saunders, Staff Writer - 9-29-10

The White Mountain Apache Tribe is opposed to the renewal of the long-term use permit that allows the University of Arizona to operate the Mount Graham International Observatory, but the U.S. Forest Service expects the renewal process to be completed next month.

The Western Apache tribes, including the San Carlos and White Mountain tribes, consider the Mount Graham observatory site sacred. Read more »

Potential Captive Breeding Pilot Program for the Mount Graham Red Squirrel

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has prepared this draft Environmental Assessment (dEA) to analyze potential effects to physical, biological, social, and cultural resources that may result from establishing a captive breeding pilot program for the endangered Mount (Mt.) Graham red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis) (red squirrel or squirrel). Read more »