Obama administration eyes compromise on sacred site
The Obama administration disappointed tribes last year when it asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear a sacred site case involving the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona.

The court eventually turned down the case, allowing the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort to use reclaimed sewage to make snow in the Coconino National Forest. But the administration is withholding approval of the project in the hopes of reaching a compromise with the developers and tribes.

The compromise apparently involves the use of a different water source -- not reclaimed sewage -- to make snow at the resort. And the administration says the Snowbowl can use taxpayer funds to pay for the project.

The deal has angered Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona). They say the Department of Agriculture should approve the Snowbowl project "immediately" but they also say it shouldn't involve federal funds.

Get the Story:
Secret Snowbowl talks break open (The Arizona Daily Sun 3/9)

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

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