This photo taken May 12, 2019, shows what’s left of the Lavender pit mine outside the southeastern Arizona city of Bisbee, where the copper operation stopped in 1974. Forty five years later, the pit remains a scar on the landscape, the layering made from potentially toxic mine tailings. Native American tribes are seeking an injunction to halt work on a copper mine project they say will desecrate burial and other sacred sites in the Santa Rita Mountains of southeastern Arizona. (AP Photo/Anita Snow)

This photo taken May 12, 2019, shows what’s left of the Lavender pit mine outside the southeastern Arizona city of Bisbee, where the copper operation stopped in 1974. Forty five years later, the pit remains a scar on the landscape, the layering made from potentially toxic mine tailings. Native American tribes are seeking an injunction to halt work on a copper mine project they say will desecrate burial and other sacred sites in the Santa Rita Mountains of southeastern Arizona. (AP Photo/Anita Snow)

Tribes, environmentalists battle copper mine in Arizona

It would sprawl across federal, state and private land, leaving waste pile the height of skyscraper.

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