Tim Workman 
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Re: “Guest Opinion

Mr. Briggs, thank you for bringing to light the relevant portions of the text. The historical framework certainly has emotional appeal, because something native to our minds, morality, objects to the US' bad faith dealings with Natives. But in more legal terms, I would guess history draws out some of the reasons for the federal trust relationship with Natives, speaks to why Oak Flat is in bad faith, and furthermore speaks to concrete injustices in the present extending out from the past. But even more, I believe, the repeal has to do with present and future considerations. This is part of what my article tries to communicate. Sacred lands form an integral part of Native cultures and their preservation and reproduction, and ultimately the right to self-determine. The right of self determination, religious conscience, culture seem far superior to economic gain or, in the case of the San Francisco Peaks, even, "multiple use doctrine" (for Crissake).

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Posted by Tim Workman on 07/15/2015 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

OK, I'll bite. Thank you for the extra links, Mr. Briggs. Thank you also for reminding us that the mining company has an opinion on the Oak Flat acquisition.

In reference to your article and curious non-argument "Dwelling on our past," I only have to say that the repeal has nothing to do with "past injustices," as you emphasize, and everything to do with present injustices. The past injustices (no mention of Apache wars) in the repeal appear to have legal consequences, and serve to draw out the fiduciary duty of the government mentioned in subsequent paragraphs.

Thanks,

TW

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Posted by Tim Workman on 07/09/2015 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Sorry, factual error. Hobby Lobby filed several years after Navajo, not a year.

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Posted by Tim Workman on 07/09/2015 at 3:35 AM

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