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Tribes await appeal on snowmaking plan

Several tribes are awaiting a ruling on their appeal of the U.S. Forest Service's decision to allow snowmaking in the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

About 40 tribes are opposing the plan, The Arizona Republic reports. They include the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, the Camp Verde Yavapai-Apache Nation, the Hualapai Tribe and numerous Pueblo tribes.

Tribal leaders say the use of reclaimed wastewater in the peaks is sacrilegious. "To Native Americans, desecrating the San Francisco Peaks with wastewater is like flushing the Koran down the toilet," Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. said.

The Forest Service is expected to issue a decision by Thursday. A lawsuit is possible.

Get the Story:
Peaks' sacred essence key to tribes' fight vs. Snowbowl (The Arizona Republic 6/7)

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

Relevant Links:
Coconino National Forest -

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