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On the way to Oak Flat the marchers pass shuttered buldings in the impoverished mining town of Miami, Arizona. The tax revenue from the surrounding mines is split across Arizona based on population, so the small mining towns that bear the brunt of the industry see far fewer tax dollars than high population areas removed from the impacts of mining, such as Phoenix or Tucson. The boom and bust nature of mining has blighted the town as pigeons have taken up residence in the boarded up "Miami Tourist Hotel," established during a mining boom era of 1907, but long since abandoned.