Flagstaff Police Attack and Arrest San Francisco Peaks Marchers

Cross-Posted from The Narcosphere

Posted by Brenda Norrell – August 7


Monday, Aug. 8, 7 am

UPDATE: San Francisco Peaks supporters are now locked down on Snowbowl Road in Flagstaff, for a second time,

halting sewage water pipeline construction.

By Brenda Norrell

Photos: Navajo Klee Benally attacked and arrested by Flagstaff, Arizona, police. Photo by Youth of the Peaks.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Six people protecting San Francisco Peaks were targeted and arrested during a peaceful march for the protection of San Francisco Peaks on Sunday afternoon. San Francisco Peaks defender Klee Benally, Navajo, was among those arrested.

In front of Macy’s Coffeehouse on Sunday afternoon, undercover police infiltrated the hundred person march in an attempt to squash the growing anti-Snowbowl movement.

The peaceful march by Native Americans and supporters was surrounded by police from the moment the march formed, marchers said.

An eye witness said, “They were just waiting to pounce. And they did!”

The six arrested were released on bail late Sunday. Klee Benally said in a message on Twitter: “Just released from jail. Protect the peaks. The struggle continues.”

Supporters protecting San Francisco Peaks said they will continue with a planned protest outside the US Forest Service on Monday at 12:30 p.m.

Native Americans are struggling to defend sacred San Francisco Peaks from snow to be made from sewage water at the Snowbowl tourist resort on the Peaks. The mountains are sacred to 13 Native American Nations. Medicine men gather plants on the Peaks and hold traditional healing ceremonies on the Peaks.

Already, the sewage water pipeline has resulted in clearcutting of grandmother trees.

Native Americans are urging tourists to boycott the Snowbowl Ski Resort, and join the support for American Indians upholding their traditions and sacred lifeways.

Further, supporters of the Protect the Peaks movement are urging an investigation of the Flagstaff police for the arrests of Native Americans and people of color. Already, the ACLU has released statistics revealing that Arizona police target American Indians during arrests.

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0 Responses to Flagstaff Police Attack and Arrest San Francisco Peaks Marchers

  1. Guino

    It’s not a sewage pipeline. You should check the facts. Snowbowl made the decision to use recycled water from the city of Flagstaff instead of using ground water or building big reservoirs on the mountain. The water they are using is good enough to drink, and is the same quality of treated and recycled water that is rerouted back into the tap in the Phoenix metro area, and yes I drank it too like the millions of people who live in Phoenix. The protestors saying it is sewage are just throwing a red herring. You should of posted pics of signs the protestors carried which said that snowmaking= genocide. Also, there were only about 25 or so protesters there were no where near 100. There were a heck of a lot of cops around them though, which I felt was completely unnecessary, during the march around down town. It’s interesting that these arrests occurred at Macy’s coffee shop where the 25 or so of them went to chill 2 blocks from where the march around Heritage square and downtown was held. This was after the protest, and you did not point out why they were arrested, or if all the arrested were actually part of the march. Were they arrested for expressing their opinion, or where they just being disorderly. Did the owner of Macy’s coffee call in the complaint? I would be concerned if 25 people dressed in anarchist red and black, and having faces painted like the dead were at a business I owned. I didnt see any coffee in their hands when I walked by. Either way the arrests happened after the protest/ march were already over. Props to the good cupcakes that two of the protesters and they’re kids were selling though. My girlfriend and I ate a couple and they were very good.

    Anyone interested in this topic should look into the chain of events leading up to it. This issue has been going back and forth in the courts for years. Allegedly the White Mountain Apaches, who own and operate several ski areas on their sacred land, and also have snowmaking, were the first people to oppose Snowbowl snowmaking. Most ski areas in the US have snowmaking systems in place. This assures a ski season from Nov through April, and improves ski conditions. The improved skiing conditions that Snowbowl would gain and the lengthened season would attract tourist revenue away from the White Mountain Apaches ski areas, and bring it to Snowbowl. The Apaches couldn’t handle that, so they sued Snowbowl not to make snow, even though the Apaches make snow.

    This issue is purely economical. One ski area operator wants another ski area to go out of bussiness so they can make more money. The Apaches successfully played concerned environmentalists to think some horrible thing was happening, when in fact it wasn’t. There are plenty of other actual environmental disasters looming in Northern Arizona. Recently 1000’s of Uranium mining claims have been filed in Northern Arizona, and several mines are in the process of being opened. These seriously propose a threat to everyones well being on the planet. Not just us local residents who have to breathe dust blowing off the mining operations. Uraniums mined in Northern Az., will be used in reactors which could potentially be subject to accidents that release radiation, or total disasters like the one in Japan, not to mention nuclear weapons.

    Maybe a ban on campfires on the peaks would be something to protest. Last year a campfire caused the Shultz fire which burnt the whole east side of the mountain, and now the area is closed indefinitely while the land is recovered.

    There are many things in the area that people can protest, a simple snowmaking operation that helps form a competitive economic state between two businesses shouldn’t be one.

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