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Native Americans mined variety of minerals early on

Native Americans mined variety of minerals early on

Several San Carlos Apaches work on an irrigation ditch in 1871. In the 20th century, tribal land became a significant source of peridot, a gem used in jewelry.

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Native Americans mined variety of minerals early on

Native Americans mined variety of minerals early on

Green peridot like this is fashioned in jewelry. It is found on the San Carlos Indian Reservation.

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Native Americans mined variety of minerals early on

Native Americans mined variety of minerals early on

Arizona has a rich history involving aboriginal mining, sometimes digging for minerals and other times scouring the Earth's surface.

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