Direct Action Halts Snowbowl Destruction on San Francisco Peaks

From International Cry

June 16, 9:40am – Indigenous Activists stepped in to halt the ongoing desecration and destruction of the San Francisco Peaks in north central Arizona. A press statement announcing the action was published on Censored News a few moments ago.

Background information can be found at IndigenousAction.org

June 16, 5:28 PM – Censored News: six people were arrested and one taken to the hospital for heat exposure after they locked themselves to heavy machinery to protect sacred San Francisco Peaks from Snowbowl development. Five adults and one juvenile were arrested. Another juvenile was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center for excessive heat exposure.

Native Americans are protesting pipeline construction to the Snowbowl ski resort, which would carry sewage water for snowmaking. Native American medicine men gather herbs for healing on the mountain. Since time immemorial, the mountain has been sacred to 13 area American Indian Nations.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said that a woman who was unchained in the closed area was issued a citation for third degree trespass and released. Two 16-year-old juveniles face one count of third degree trespass. Nadia del Callego, 27, faces one count of third degree trespass and one count of contributing to delinquency of a minor. Kristopher Barney, 22, Evan Hawbaker, 22, and Elizabeth Lavely, 28, face one count of third degree trespass. Hailey Sherwood, 20, faces one count of third degree trespass, one count of contributing to delinquency of a minor and once count of endangerment.

Hopi Radio KUYI provided this report from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office: “Summit Firefighters cut the chains and locking devices off of each protester. As one juvenile was being freed she began to pass out and was immediately accessed by medics and was subsequently transported to Flagstaff Medical Center for excessive heat exposure. Five adults and one juvenile were arrested and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center or the Coconino County Detention Facility.”

Activists are protecting sacred San Francisco Peaks from Snowbowl pipeline construction, which would carry sewage water for snow. Native medicine men gather herbs for healing on the mountain, sacred to 13 area Indian Nations.

More from Censored NewsPhotos: San Francisco Peaks lock down and arrestsMedia Watch: Snowbowl and racism in the media

Thanks to KUYI Hopi Radio for keeping us informed!

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