Ban development on the San Francisco Peaks, public lands, public waters
  • Petitioned President Obama, Democratic Members of Congress

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President Obama, Democratic Members of Congress

Ban development on the San Francisco Peaks, public lands, public waters

    1. Diane Shaughnessy
    2. Petition by

      Diane Shaughnessy

      Spencerport, NY

**Traditional oral history identifies the San Francisco Peaks and the Hopi ceremonies date back 10,000 to 50,000 years ago. They are asking for our help to protect the San Francisco Peaks in the Coconino National Forest from further desecration in a profoundly sacred ceremonial area to the Hopi Nation (and 12 other Native American Nations as well). We need to honor their request and ban development on the San Francisco Peaks. They are asking us to tell the truth.

***The US Forest Service and Snowbawl Ski Resort want to develop/destroy 124 acres of forested land and import wastewater from Flagstaff for snow making to expand ski operations. Wastewater snow melting is a desecration of the sacred slopes and a threat to the pure drinking water supplied by the mountain aquifer.

In 2006, the US District Court ruled in favor of Snowbowl's plan, then in 2007 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (unanimous 3 judge panel) reversed the ruling citing the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. Then in 2008 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (split 13 judge panel) reversed the ruling citing the religious beliefs by calling them "damaged spiritual feelings".

In June 2009, the Supreme Court denied a petition by tribes and environmental groups to hear the case.

*It is reservation land and belongs to the Sovereign Native Nations. The Forest Service is an entity of the US Government and therefore should not collaborate with private business in a venture that violates the rights of Native Americans, violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

The US Government and its agents have raped, pillaged, plundered and murdered our First Peoples, taken their freedoms, violated their spiritual rights and it is time we stop. We need to make right some of our horrific actions towards them.

Native Americans are a treasure, a National Treasure. And we can begin to honor them by placing a ban on all development on all sacred spiritual ceremonial and reservation lands. And perhaps ban development on all government (public) lands as well. And honor the Hopi request for ceremonial and religious rights and freedoms.

Help petition for specific legal protection for Native American religious expression. President Obama supports legal protections for sacred places and cultural traditions, including Native ancestors' burial grounds and churches. Confusingly, the US Forest Service has petitioned to have the area designated a Traditional Cultural Property under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

We can learn how to live in a sacred manner from the Hopi. They are willing to teach those with good hearts. All the references are worth reading in support of this petition. There are many supportive groups mentioned in the Sacred Land Film Project - San Francisco Peaks.

*Letter to Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ 2nd), June 8, 2007, subject San Francisco Peaks written by "Save the Peaks Coalition" supporter.

**Chief Dan Evehema's Message to Mankind.

***Visit Land Film Projects report by Amy Corbin, posted 09.01.2001, updated 07.20.2009.

1986 Continental Indigenous Council, Fairbanks AK, North American Indian (Hopi) Prophecies talk given by Lee Brown.

Urge revocation of the Special Use Permit for Arizona's Snowbowl Ski Resort.
Urge USDA hearings on the protection of sacred places.
Urge USDA immediately place an administrative hold on all development on the San Francisco Peaks.

Urge the Department of Interior ban all development, logging, mining, drilling on all sacred spiritual ceremonial and reservation lands and to protect these lands, granting Native American Nations sovereign authority on any and all approaches to use their lands.

Urge a ban on development, logging, mining and drilling on all government (public) lands and waters.

Thank you for your service to democratic principles. I would be very grateful for your support and concurrence on these issues.
Review and respond as soon as you can. The Hopi's hold a key
to human survival.



Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

      • almost 3 years ago

      All tese lands have to be saved & protected, we will all be worse off if these lands are destroyed & gone forever

    • RAEchel Running FLAGSTAFF, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      I believe snow making with reclaimed water is wrong for long term health and environmental reasons ; Skiing is only for a select few who can afford to ski - it does not contribute to the whole community; It is proven that water has been tainted by Pharmaceuticals causing cancer, and hormone changes in nature. Ensuring SAFE water and respect for the Indigenous cultural heritage and beliefs of the first peoples of Arizona is far more valuable and important to protect. I I advocate a Cultural Heritage and WORLD PEACE park for ALL people. Please keep it REAL. Please protect this unique environment and Sacred site for the oldest living cultures and traditions in America. Thank you. RAEchel Running

    • Mary Sojourner FLAGSTAFF, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      If you need to more fully understand why snow-making on the Peaks is an act of spiritual genocide, please read my truthout piece:

    • Floranda Dempsey TEESTO, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      HEAR OUR PRAYERS...These are our Precious and Sacred mountains, our grandfathers...our Protectors!!

    • Susana F. FLAGSTAFF, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      This issue is of the utmost importance to all people and life in this area. Our country was founded on religious freedom, and by allowing the alteration of this sacred site, Native people will no longer be able to practice their religion and ceremonies. No one is saying one is aying that there should not be skiing, just go with G-d's creation of natural snow. Respect for the environment, resources and religion. Thank you.


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