Students Attend Prayer Gathering at the White House to Save Oak Flat
A group of Gonzaga students participated in a prayer gathering at the White House this week in support of the San Carlos Apaches nation's effort to save Oak Flat, a high-altitude nature preserve in Arizona's Tonto National Forest.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Oak Flat is considered sacred to the Apache tribe as well as other Native Americans. In February, several members of Gonzaga's Native American Cultural Appreciation Club had the opportunity to spend time with the Apache tribe and visit Oak Flat, along with students and teachers from fellow Jesuit school Brophy Prep.
On Wednesday, Naelyn Pike, one of the leaders of the Apache Stronghold movement to save Oak Flat, visited Eye Street to talk with students in Mr. Pugliese's Lakota History class.
Here are some photos from the prayer gathering, the students' trip in February to Oak Flat, and Ms. Pike's visit to Gonzaga. You can learn more about the fight to save Oak Flat here