Editorial: Fake snow alright at sacred peaks
"We understand the resistance Native Americans have to the recreational use of the San Francisco Peaks as a ski resort.

The dispute between tribes and the outside community over the mountaintop has been a long, contentious one. Vows to continue the fight against the Arizona Snowbowl notwithstanding, we hope the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to consider the dispute finishes it.

That may be wishful thinking, of course. The debate over recreational uses of land many Arizona tribes consider sacred long predated the question of using purified wastewater to make artificial snow. Efforts by owners of the mountaintop ski lodge near Flagstaff to improve their facilities have met opposition from tribes and their supporters since the early 1970s.

The fact is, the mountain now is shared territory. For tribes, it will forever be sacred. But for others, it is a winter recreation spot."

Get the Story:
Editorial: Artificial snow a must for resort (The Arizona Republic 6/16)

Supreme Court Briefs:
Department of Justice | Arizona Snowbowl | Navajo Nation/Tribes

9th Circuit Decision:
Navajo Nation v. US Forest Service (August 8, 2008)

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