Supreme Court steers clear of Ariz. ski resort dispute

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from Indian tribes that want to block expansion of a ski resort on a mountain they consider sacred.

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Supreme Court steers clear of Ariz. ski resort dispute - The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from Indian tribes that want to block expansion of a ski resort on a mountain they consider sacred.

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The justices said Monday they will not get involved in a dispute between a half-dozen Western tribes and the Arizona Snowbowl ski area north of Flagstaff. The tribes wanted to block the expansion because the resort plans to use treated wastewater to make artificial snow on the mountain.

The tribes say the proposal violates a federal law on religious freedom. But the federal appeals court in San Francisco last year disagreed.

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