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The sacred San Francisco Peaks blanketed in pure white snow following a snowstorm (Photo by Jeff Brostrom/NHO file photo).

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Tribes, environmental groups to join in sacred Peaks vigil

FLAGSTAFF - The legal battle to determine the fate of a Northern Arizona mountain held holy by more than thirteen Native American nations will be heard in a Pasadena, Calif. courtroom Dec. 11. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the U.S. Forest Service and an Arizona ski resort the opportunity to challenge a previous decision by the court Oct. 17. The initial decision blocked the ski area from expanding and making fake snow from treated sewage effluent on the sacred San Francisco Peaks.