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Monday, August 8, 2011

Photos Peaks Supporters Blockade Snowbowl to Protect Sacred Mountain

San Francisco Peaks Supporters Blockade Snowbowl to Protect Sacred Mountain today, Monday, August 8, 2011, at 5 a.m. Photo credit: Kyle Boggs of the Noise
More photos, as it was happening, via cellphone from Alex Soto, Tohono O'odham:

Can't stop 'em now: San Francisco Peaks defenders protest at US Forest Service

Can't stop 'em now!

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Photos: Youths of the Peaks

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Defenders of San Francisco Peaks are rallying outside the US Forest Service here Monday afternoon, protesting US Forest Service involvement in the desecration of sacred San Francisco Peaks by the Snowbowl Ski Resort. The resort plans to use recycled sewage water to make snow for tourists. The Peaks are sacred to 13 area American Indian Nations. Medicine men gather healing plants here and conduct ceremonies on the Peaks.
Six people were arrested during a march on Sunday, including Klee Benally, Navajo, and Alex Soto, O'odham. On Monday at dawn, another eight people locked themselves to concrete barrels and blocked construction workers on San Francisco Peaks. They have been arrested and are awaiting bail. Already, pipeline construction has resulted in the clearcutting of old growth forests. Native Americans are urging a boycott of the Snowbowl.
Many stores and hotels in Flagstaff use Native American images, jewelry and culture for profit. Native Americans are asking that their culture and traditions be respected.
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  • Let the skiers know that not only is the Snowbowl Ski Resort exploiting Native culture while destroying the sacred San Francisco Peaks, but the Snowbowl is making it necessary for Native American youths to be arrested in defense of their sacred mountains and way of life.

  • San Francisco Peaks defenders continue actions after arrests

    By Protect the Peaks
    Posted at Censored News

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- (August 7, 2011) More than one hundred people, including families with children and elders, marched through downtown Flagstaff on Sunday in protest of the destruction and desecration of the San Francisco Peaks by Arizona Snowbowl. Demonstrators first gathered at Wheeler Park where they were immediately ordered to leave the public park by the Flagstaff Police Department. As the march wound through downtown Flagstaff demonstrators were met with positive responses and support while dozens of police – many out of uniform -- harassed the demonstrators. Police cars drove alongside the marchers. As the protesters passed out flyers and carried banners through Flagstaff’s Southside, police violently disrupted the march, grabbing those who were closest to the street and arresting them. As six marchers were handcuffed, the remaining demonstrators continued to yell demands for an end to the Peaks’ destruction.
    “As long as Arizona Snowbowl, the Obama Administration’s Forest Service and the City of Flagstaff continue this ecocide and cultural genocide, we will not stop,” said Klee Benally (Dine’), one of the arrested marchers. “We will pray, march, protest, and take whatever action is necessary to ensure that our basic human rights, dignity and environment are safeguarded. Today’s unjustified force from the Flagstaff Police Department demonstrates that they are not on the side of justice or healthy communities. The Forest Service and City of Flagstaff are on the side of corporate interests that are destroying our communities.”
    Since May 25, 2011, the owners of Arizona Snowbowl, with the support of the U.S. Forest Service and the Flagstaff City Council, have laid over five miles of a 14.8 mile wastewater pipeline and have clear-cut over 40 acres of rare alpine forest. A current lawsuit against the Forest Service, focusing on human health impacts of wastewater snowmaking, is still under appeal in the 9th Circuit Court. The individuals at today’s march are separate from the Coalition involved in the lawsuit.
    Sunday’s march joins four decades of sustained resistance to desecration of the Holy Peaks. Over the past three weeks since Snowbowl began clear-cutting, dozens of protest camps have been established on the mountain.
    “The Week of Action is a culmination of efforts to directly address the lack of political will of the Forest Service and City Council to safeguard the community, public health and cultural rights,” said Nadia Del Callejo who was arrested while simply video taping the incident.
    “The same profit driven push that has desecrated the Peaks, is the same sickness that has lead to the militarization of the border and is now trying to desecrate South Mountain, which is sacred to all O’odham.” said Alex Soto (Tohono O‘odham ) who was also arrested, “Sacred sites are under attack, but today we said no. Our solidarity in these struggles is re-establishing our traditional networks of support ”
    Demonstrators invite everyone to join them Monday, August 8, 12:30 pm at the United States Coconino National Forest Service Office at 1824 S. Thomson St, Wednesday, 12:30pm at High Desert Investment at 504 E Butler Ave and Wednesday, 4:00pm at Flagstaff City Hall.
    Protesters vowed to not stop until the desecration of the Peaks stops. “I am not afraid of what will happen to me if I protest, what I am more afraid of is what will happen if I do not stand up for what the Peaks are,” Stated Del Callejo.
    Note to editors: High Resolution Photos Available.

    Snowbowl Protesters Lockdown for Second Time

    Breaking News

    By Brenda Norrell
    Censored News

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Eight Snowbowl Ski Resort protesters locked down to barrels at 5 am, protesting the destruction to sacred San Francisco Peaks.
    Police are now cutting away the protesters. Peaks police liaison Rudy Preston arrested at the scene.
    Native American are struggling to defend San Francisco Peaks, sacred to 13 area Native American Nations. The Snowbowl Ski Resort is already destroying the sacred mountain with the clearcutting of grandmother trees, as a pipeline is put in to bring sewage water to the ski resort for snowmaking.
    Native American medicine men gather healing plants and conduct ceremonies on San Francisco Peaks. The healing herbs would be contaminated by sewage water snow.
    Tourists are being asked to boycott Snowbowl Ski Resort. Many Flagstaff businesses use Native American images, jewelry and culture for profit. Flagstaff residents and businesses are asked to protect Native American sacred places and join the efforts to defend San Francisco Peaks.
    Thanks to Alex Soto and Darrick Jay Hobbs for sending photos to Censored News, via cellphone.
    Photo copyrights: Photo 1: Alex Soto Photo 2: Darrick Jay Hobbs.

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