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Tribe invites Superior Councilman to Washington, DC

The Superior Sun of Superior, Arizona

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Superior Mayor Jayme Valenzuela and Councilmember Gilbert AguUar met with Chairman Terry of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. In the meeting Chairman Rambler proposed taking a Councilmember with the San Carlos Apache Tribe to go to Washington D.C. The San Carlos Apache Tribe is hoping to revisit the Land Exchange Bill and hearing in reference to the Oak Flats Campground as to the sacredness to all Indian nations. The Mayor and Town Manager Margaret Gaston contacted Steve Cooper (the town's attorney) to make sure a Councilmember could legally go with the San Carlos Apache Tribe, who is paying for everything.

Cooper stated he did not see a problem with the San Carlos Apache Tribe's offer to pay for one Councilmember to observe the San Carlos Tribe's efforts to revisit the Land Exchange Bill passed last year in Congress.

Cooper stated he checked all the statutes before making that determination. On Friday, the Mayor informed Gaston that Councilman John Tameron was attending on behalf of the Town of Superior. On Friday, Oct. 30, Tameron was given a letter which to give to Terry Rambler, Chairman, on the plane Monday, Nov. 2. The contents of which are:

"The Town of Superior does appreciate the offer to pay for one Councilmember to observe the San Carlos Tribe's efforts to revisit the Land Exchange Bill.

"The Town does not have the budgetary funds to attend these meetings and hearing without the San Carlos Apache Tribe's help. There is no pending legislation before the Council as it relates to the mine. The Town is negotiating an Emergency Services Agreement with Resolution Copper for public safety, but this does not include any endorsement of the mine.

"One Councilmember will be selected to attend who will be gathering information and reporting back to the Town Council. The Councilmember will have no authority to take a position on behalf of the Town at any meeting or event.

"The Town Council will independently determine its position in the future. The offer of assistance will not guarantee the Town's ultimate position will align with the San Carlos Apache Tribe. The Town Council hopes to in the future have more discussions and cooperation with the San Carlos Apache Tribe on areas of mutual cpncern and interest."

Tameron was given instructions that he cannot state anything on behalf of the Town, but he can on behalf of himself or his business, which the letter states the Councilmember has no authority to speak on behalf of the Town.

Tameron will report back to the Council what he observed in Washington on Nov. 12, 2015, at the Council Meeting.



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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015



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