Forest Supervisor’s ski area <br>decision a letdown to tribes<br>

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Radmilla Cody, left, Temashio Anderson and rapper Gabriel Yaiva joined other protesters as Cora Maxx delivered a message from Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley at Flagstaff City Hall.

It is ironic, Bessler explained, that Rasure’s decision came just at a time when the federal government was beginning to understand the dangers of pharmaceuticals in reclaimed water and referred to NAU data showing that tadpoles raised in Flagstaff’s reclaimed water had begun to “feminize.”

Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, director of the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office declared that March 8, 2005, would forever be a day of infamy for the Coconino National Forest in its decision to allow artificial snow on “Nuvatukyaovi” (the San Francisco Peaks).

“This decision by Supervisor Rasure is not just a breach in the Forest Service’s trust responsibility to the Hopi Tribe, but a breach of the Hopi people’s trust in the Coconino National Forest,” Kuwanwisiwma read from a prepared statement.

Kuwanwisiwma introduced two other members of the Hopi Tribe.

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