Mining Threatens Vision Quests Site: The Fight for Longhorn Mountain
A petition to save Longhorn Mountain from mining on Change.org has garnered more than 2,100 signatures to date. Part of the petition includes a letter addressed to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, and the state senate and house urging them to save the mountain, which is “used by the Kiowa, Comanche, Apache and other surrounding Plains Indian tribes for prayer, the vision quest and events of other religious significance.”
Mining is scheduled to begin on the west side of the mountain this summer. A blasting permit was issued by the Oklahoma Department of Mines to the Material Service Corporation, but the actual rock crushing will be supervised by Stewart Stone, out of Cushing, Oklahoma.
The petition isn’t the only force fighting the mining, there is also a Save Longhorn Mountain Facebook page and a blog highlighting an open letter to Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe about saving the mountain.
A representative from Coburn’s office said he has not made a statement about this issue and calls made to the offices of Inhofe and Fallin were not returned.
“It’s a hard and complex situation,” Amie Tah-Bone, Kiowa Museum director, said. “We’re at a disadvantage. It’s not trust land. It’s not federal land. It’s privately owned land, and we don’t have a right to it. We thank the people on the eastern side for their generosity in letting us have access to it. They could throw us in jail for trespassing, but they don’t. We are working on it... and doing everything we can think of to stop it. It might take some time. We want people to know we’re doing the best that we can.”