Struggle Continues to Protect Holy San Francisco Peaks



Stop Snowbowl! Protest Sat. Dec. 19 At Flagstaff City Hall!

When: Saturday, December 19th starting at 10AM

Where: Flagstaff City Hall on the Rt. 66 side



The struggle to protect the Holy San Francisco Peaks and community health from ski resort expansion and wastewater snowmaking continues.

Although a current lawsuit filed by the Save the Peaks Coalition and community members has halted the ski business’ efforts to make sewage snow, community support is still needed.

In the face of political pressure from the State of Arizona’s Congressional Delegation, (more) the US Forest Service approved a component of the ski area’s proposed development that is not associated with snowmaking. 

Regardless of the approval Snowbowl cannot currently expand due to the lawsuit.

While it is unclear as to how long the court case will stop Snowbowl from expanding and making sewer water snow, in the context of the legal battle the Obama administration is doing everything in their power to put wastewater snow on the holy San Francisco Peaks. 


When the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort opened on Thursday, a small group of protesters held signs and banners to ensure that skiers were aware of public health threats and the desecration of the sacred mountain.

Arizona Snowbowl employees called the Forest Service and County Sheriffs in an attempt to have the protesters and others with them arrested for “trespassing” on public lands. No charges were made.


You can join us in our stand for the protection of sacred places and community health.



When: Saturday, December 19th starting at 10AM

Where: Flagstaff City Hall on the Rt. 66 side


If you can’t join us please visit www.savethepeaks.org for more information on what you can do to help stop Snowbowl and protect sacred places!


You can contact Congress and urge them to convene immediate hearings on the protection of Sacred Places.

Contact info is included below. 


Klee Benally




Online database of current US Congress contacts: http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/

Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona (D)

1123 Longworth HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2315 Fax: (202) 226-9739

Flagstaff Office

1515 East Cedar Avenue, A6, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Phone: (928) 226-6914  Fax: (928) 226-2876


John Kyle, Arizona (R)

730 Hart Senate Building, Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: (202) 224-4521 Fax: (202) 224-2207



John McCain, Arizona (R)

241 Russell Senate Office Building
, Washington, D.C. 20510-0303
  Phone: 202-224-2235  
Fax: 202-228-2862



John Conyers, Jr., Michigan, (D)
House Committee on the Judiciary, Chair

2426 Rayburn House Office Building,
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5126
  Fax: 202-225-0072

Email: john.conyers@mail.house.gov

NOTE: On July 11, 2008, more than 1,000 Native rights and environmental justice advocates arrived in Washington, DC after walking across the US to raise awareness about key issues affecting Native peoples and the environment. The successful journey, known as the Longest Walk 2, delivered a 30-page manifesto and list of demands to Congress, which included the protection of sacred places.

House Judiciary Chair, US Representative John Conyers (D-MI) promised representatives from the Longest Walk 2 that their issues would be addressed but set no timetable. “The Committee on the Judiciary will hold hearings on each one of these items that you have outlined here,” stated Rep. Conyers.

To read the Longest Walk resolutions go to: www.longestwalk.org




  1. Sheila Ryan

    December 19, 2009 at 2:43 AM

    I”m just learning tonight about tomorrow’s protest; I have a wedding to attend tomorrow so can’t attend.
    I’ll be thinking about all of you — I”ll attend actions when I can. Please please put me on your Email list. I have requested before but it hasn’t worked yet.

    In peace –

    Sheila Ryan

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