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Hopi Tribe joins lawsuit over snowmaking in peaks


Leaders of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona passed a resolution on Tuesday authorizing the tribe to join the lawsuit over the expansion of a ski area in the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

The tribe opposes the expansion because the Arizona Snowbowl plans to use reclaimed wastewater to make snow. Hopis say the plan will desecrate the peaks.

The lawsuit was filed last month against the U.S. Forest Service, which authorized the expansion. The ski area lies within the Coconino National Forest.

Get the Story:
Hopi to sue Forest Service (The Gallup Independent 7/7)
Tribal council endorses legal action over business expansion at sacred site (The Native American Times 7/7)

Approval Documents:
Final Environmental Impact Statement for Arizona Snowbowl Facilities Improvement | Forest Service Approves Snowmaking at Arizona Snowbowl

Relevant Links:
Coconino National Forest - http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/index.shtml

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