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Navajo Nation appeals court ruling on snowmaking


The Navajo Nation has appealed a federal judge's decision to allow snowmaking in the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Paul Rosenblatt said the use of reclaimed water to make snow does not infringe on tribal religious rights. "The decision does not coerce individuals into acting contrary to their religious beliefs nor does it penalize anyone for practicing his or her religion," he wrote in the 62-page opinion.

The Navajo Nation and other tribes disagree. They say the U.S. Forest Service failed to follow the law and that their religious rights will be violated.

Arizona Snowbowl, a ski area located within the Coconino National Forest, won approval to make snow using wastewater.

Get the Story:
Navajos appeal decision to allow snowmaking (AP 2/28)

Court Decision:
Navajo Nation v. US Forest Service (January 11, 2006)

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

Relevant Links:
Save the Peaks Coalition - http://www.savethepeaks.org
Coconino National Forest - http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/index.shtml

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