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.
Heidi Schewel, spokeswoman for the Coronado National Forest, said in an e-mail response to questions from the Courier that the permit issued to the U of A in 1989 was for 20 years. The new permit will also be for 20 years — when it is issued.