Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Navajo Nation Reaches Out to IACHR in San Francisco Peaks Battle

The Navajo Nation is seeking international help to protect its sacred San Francisco Peaks from reclaimed sewage water being used by the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort.

The Nation has filed a complaint against the United States with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, alleging violations of the Navajo people’s rights to practice their religion and culture. If heard, the complaint would be addressed by commissioners representing countries throughout the western hemisphere and tasked with protecting fundamental human rights.

“We want people to take another look at this issue through the lens of international human rights law,” said Robert Williams, the E. Thomas Sullivan professor of law and faculty co-chair of the University of Arizona’s Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program. The program is representing the Navajo Nation in the international arena.


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