This section contains documents that chronical the resistance to
telescopes on Mount Graham, including newspaper articles and statements
- Regents Face Tests on
Editorial by Dwight Metzger of the Mount Graham Coalition urging the
University of Minnesota's Regents to review their involvement with
the telescope project. From the University of Minnesota Daily, June 15, 2005.
- White Mountain
Apache Chairman Urges UofM Regents to Divest
On June 8, 2005, the Chairman of the White Mountain Apache
tribe, Dallas Massey Sr., sent a letter to the Regents of the University
of Minnesota. In the letter, Chairman Massey takes a University vice
president to task for writing a memo that completely misrepresented the issue and
calls upon the regents to divest from the telescope.
Star Struck: the Astronomical Abuse of Indigenous Sacred Sites
Original version of an article written by Joel Helfrich (MGPA),
Dwight Metzger (MGC), and Michael Nixon (MGC's Lawyer) on the occasion
of the biannual meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in
Minneapolis. An edited version appears as the cover article in the
June 1, 2005 Pulse of the Twin Cities.
San Carlos Apache Oppose Microwave
Towers on Mt. Graham
January 31, 2005 letter from the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council
to the Supervisor of Coronado National Forest
Yavapai-Apache Nation Stance On Dzil Nchaa Si'An
January 26, 2005 letter to the Supervisor of Coronado National Forest
- University Should Divest from Observatory
The Minnesota Daily published a letter by Mount Graham Coalition Lawyer Michael Nixon on October 25, 2004.
White Mountain Apache Oppose Microwave Towers
September 30, 2004 letter from the White Mountain Apache Tribal Council
to the Supervisor of Coronado National Forest
San Carlos Rejects UA Proposal
On April 13, 2004, the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council rejected $120,000 of
education assistance from the Univerisities of Minnesota and Virginia
offered as "compensation" for the telescope.
From the April 18, 2004 Eastern Arizona Courier.
Resolution of the U of M Senate Social Concerns Committee
On Mount Graham Telescope, May 5, 2003
The University of Minnesota Regents voted to join the telescope
project on October 11, 2002. The next semester, the U of M Student/Faculty Senate Social Concerns
Committee made this resolution strongly opposing the project and
seeking to get the U of M withdraw its participation from the project.
U.S. environmental groups ask Universities of Minnesota and
Virginia not to participate in Mt. Graham telescope project.
On May 6, 2002, four major U.S. environmental groups and several smaller
ones sent a letter to the Presidents of the Universities of
Minnesota and Virginia asking them not to join the project.
- Park Service Determines Mt. Graham
to be an Apache Traditional Cultural Property
April 30, 2002.
Mt. Graham Telescope Project and the U of M:
Social Concerns Committee Position Report, March 2002
As the University of Minnesota was preparing to join the telescope
project in 2002, the U of M Student/Faculty Senate Social Concerns
Committee issued this report advising the Regents not to join the project.
- Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
Urges the University of Minnesota Not Join the Mount Graham Telescope Project
Adopted January 15, 2002.
National Congress of American Indians:
Resolution in Support of Mount Graham's Eligibility to be a
Traditional Cultural Property and Against Further Astronomy
Adopted November 25-30, 2001.
Record of Apache Opposition to the Desecration of Mt. Graham by
the University of Arizona and their Astronomer Collaborators
Extensive documentation of Apache opposition to the telescope
from 1989 to 2001. Compiled by Apaches for Cultural Preservation,
the Apache Survival Coalition, and the Mt. Graham Coalition.
- Chronology of the
University of Arizona, Vatican, German and Italian Campaign
Against Apache Religious Beliefs 1985-1998
Older timeline of telescope project and Apache resistance. Missing footnotes.
- Over 100 U.S. and International
Organizations Urge NASA to Comply with U.S. Environmental and Cultural
After Clinton vetoed NASA funding in 1997,
the Senate passed the funding again in 1998. In response, these organizations
urged NASA to withhold funding from the telescopes.
Mount Graham Coalition News Advisory, May 27, 1998.
Italian Parliment Motion Against LBT on Mt. Graham
Motion signed by 83 Italian parlimentary deputies on March 26, 1998 opposing
Italian government funding for the LBT on Mt. Graham.
U of A loses 10 Million in Funding
In 1997, Clinton vetoed $10 million in NASA funds for the LBT project.
- Scarlet Letters
University of Arizona PR firm caught making up letter
opposing Telescopes and presents it as being authored by
a student. From Tucson Weekly, May 22, 1997.
Second Rider Slips through Congress.
News item in the May 13, 1996 High Country News about a second
congressional rider exempting the project form environmental laws.
Making a Mountain into a Starbase:
The Long, Bitter Battle Over Mount Graham
Cover article of the July 24, 1995 High Country News by
John Dougherty, twice named the Arizona Press
Club’s Journalist of the Year.
- Mount Graham Time Line
History of Mount Graham included in the High Country News article.