Navajo lawmakers hold off on Snowbowl ski resort vote

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FLAGSTAFF -- Navajo lawmakers held off Thursday on a vote to secure an appraisal for an Arizona ski resort that operates on a mountain the tribe considers sacred.

The bill's sponsor, Raymond Maxx, says wording to purchase the Arizona Snowbowl outside Flagstaff drew concern from delegates.

The Tribal Council voted 41-27 to refer the legislation to the Resources Committee until its spring session. But Maxx says he and other co-sponsors plan to rework it and bring it before the council again as soon as Monday.

The Navajo and several other tribes fought in court for several years to stop the Snowbowl's plan to use reclaimed waste water to make snow. Tribes have said the practice would desecrate the land they hold sacred and infringe on their religious beliefs.

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