Help us save the peaks

Dear Friends,

Unfortunately the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided against the tribes and environment today.

It is a sad day for our Holy San Francisco Peaks. We will need your help soon as we may go to the Supreme Court. We are asking for organizations and groups to send us a two sentence statement that could be added into our press release. You can email us at:

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or fax us at 928-527-1041.

Thank you, In Respect,
Jeneda Benally
Save the Peaks Coalition Volunteer

1. The Plaintiffs claim the use of such snow on a sacred mountain desecrates the entire mountain, deprecates their religious ceremonies, and injures their religious sensibilities.

We are called upon to decide whether this government approved use of artificial snow on government-owned park land violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq., the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), 16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.

We hold that it does not, and affirm the district court’s denial of relief on all grounds. 1. It appears that some of the Plaintiffs would challenge any means of

making artificial snow, even if no recycled wastewater were used. Panel Oral Argument (Sept. 14, 2006) at 12:25-12:45 (Hopi Plaintiffs).

 

Please read the following judges opinion: BEA, Circuit Judge: In this case, American Indians ask us to prohibit the federal government from allowing the use of artificial snow for skiing on a portion of a public mountain sacred in their religion. At the heart of their claim is the planned use of recycled wastewater, which contains 0.0001% human waste, to make artificial snow.

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