Oak Flat (Chi'Chil Bildagoteel) is a sacred site for Apache people and many other Native Americans. This is a place that has special significance— a place where Apache pray, collect water and medicinal plants for ceremonies, gather acorns and other foods, and honor those that are buried here. The Apache have never lost relationship to Oak Flat, though the U.S. Government, at times in the Apache's history, has not allowed them to use the land. Yet, the Apache have established an encampment to protect the Holy Ground at Oak Flat with its four crosses, representing the entire surrounding sacred area, including its water, animals, oak trees, and other plants central to the tribal identity. The four crosses are now part of the body of Chi'Chil Bildagoteel .