Tribes Appeal Decision to Allow Snowmaking on Sacred Peak

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - American Indian tribes are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that allows for
snowmaking on an Arizona peak the tribes consider sacred.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco cleared the way for the snowmaking last August after a years-long court battle.

But the appeals court granted a request to delay any construction at the Snowbowl ski resort near Flagstaff until the Supreme Court decides if it will hear the tribes' appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court takes only about 1 percent of the cases it receives.

The tribes, in their petition to the high court, contend that allowing snowmaking on their sacred peak would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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