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Tribes File Human rights Complaint on San Francisco Peaks Desecration

August 25, 2011

The Havasupai Tribe, Klee Benally, an activist Dineh (Navajo) youth, and the International Indian Treaty Council, filed an Urgent Action / Early Warning Complaint with the United Nations (UN) CERD Committee, on the desecration of Sacred San Francisco Peaks, Arizona. The complaint, filed late Wednesday, August 17, 2011, focuses on recent actions by the Arizona Snowbowl’s clear-cutting of 40 acres of pristine forest and the laying of over 5 miles of a waste water pipeline in furtherance of a US Forest Service and City of Flagstaff project to spray artificial snow made of waste water effluent on San Francisco Peaks. On Thursday, August 18th, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, in representation of 20 recognized Indian Tribes and Nations (AK-Chin Indian Community, Cocopah Tribe, Colorado River Indian Tribes, Fr. McDowell Yavapai Nation, Ft. Mojave Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, Havasupai Tribe, Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab-Paiute Tribe, Pasqua Yaqui Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, Quechan Tribe, Salt River Pima – Maricopa Indian Community, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tohono O’Odham Nation, Tonto Apache Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Yavapai Apache Nation, and the Yavapai Prescott Indian Nation) filed a letter asking that they also be named in the complaint as co-petitioners.

Here is link to a PDF of the actual complaint:

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