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The Latest: Hopi Tribe loses legal battle against snowmaking

November 29, 2018

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the Hopi Tribe’s challenge of snowmaking at a northern Arizona ski resort (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

The Hopi Tribe has lost a legal battle against snowmaking at a northern Arizona ski resort.

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled against the tribe Thursday in a case that focused on whether the tribe distinguished its interest in the wilderness area around the Arizona Snowbowl from the general public.

The Hopi Tribe sued the city of Flagstaff in 2011, arguing the city’s sale of reclaimed wastewater to the ski resort for snowmaking causes a public nuisance. The Snowbowl later became a defendant.

The high court says environmental damage to public land with religious, cultural or emotional significance doesn’t establish special injury to the tribe.

The ruling overturns a state Court of Appeals decision.

The Hopi Tribe and the city didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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10:28 p.m.

The Hopi Tribe has lost a legal battle against snowmaking at a northern Arizona ski resort.

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled against the tribe Thursday in a case that focused on whether the tribe distinguished its interest in the wilderness area around the Arizona Snowbowl from the general public.

The Hopi Tribe sued the city of Flagstaff in 2011, arguing the city’s sale of reclaimed wastewater to the ski resort for snowmaking causes a public nuisance. The Snowbowl later became a defendant.

The high court says environmental damage to public land with religious, cultural or emotional significance doesn’t establish special injury to the tribe.

The ruling overturns a state Court of Appeals decision.

The Hopi Tribe and the city didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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