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Hopi Tribe Issues Latest Challenge for the San Francisco Peaks


The pipe has been laid to carry treated sewage from Flagstaff to the sacred San Francisco Peaks – but the Hopi Tribe has issued another challenge to keep the first flake from hitting the slopes.

The tribe released a statement on November 16 announcing a new civil action asking the U.S. Forest Service to withdraw its permission for snowmaking until it completes ongoing consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The consultations were re-opened after the Hopi Tribe commissioned a study showing threats to an endangered plant hadn’t been adequately considered.

The Hopi action is just the latest...