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A proposed copper mine in southern Arizona could bring billions to the hard-hit community of Superior — where businesses sit empty, homes are boarded up and the economy is in shambles.

But a long-running battle over Native American land rights has the project in a holding pattern. And residents are looking to Congress to have the final say.

Resolution Copper, a mine that already is under development and could be the largest in the country if completed, still needs to execute a high-stakes land swap in order to launch.

The trade? Property the company owns in exchange for 2,500 acres owned by the federal government in Tonto National Forest.

The catch? This is land the San Carlos Apache Tribe considers sacred.