Tribal members protest snowmaking in sacred peaks
Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Members of several tribes in the Southwest have formed a group to protest approval of snowmaking in the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

The Save the Peaks Coalition held a protest in Flagstaff last Friday. Representatives of the Navajo, Hopi, Havasupai, Yavapai-Apache and other tribes said the use of reclaimed wastewater in the peaks is sacrilegious.

Tribes consider the peaks to be the home of important spiritual figures. Tribal members go to the peaks to collect medicine and hold ceremonies. A local business leader compared the mountains to a "pharmacy" where plants and other items are obtained.

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