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Judge calls trial on snowmaking in sacred peaks

A federal judge will hold a trial on tribal opposition to the expansion of a ski area in the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

The Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation and other tribes oppose a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to allow the Arizona Snowbowl to use reclaimed wastewater to make snow. The tribes say the use of reclaimed water will harm their religion.

The Forest Service is arguing that the tribes will have other places to practice their religion. A prior court case went against the tribes when they challenged the existence of the ski area itself.

The trial is set to begin on Wednesday.

Get the Story:
Will Peaks become religious monument? (The Arizona Daily Sun 10/9)
Judge orders full trial on Snowbowl (The Arizona Daily Sun 10/8)

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

Relevant Links:
Save the Peaks Coalition -
Coconino National Forest -

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