By Felicia Fonseca
The permits were delayed despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that upheld the Arizona Snowbowl's right to spray man-made snow on San Francisco Peaks.
Snowbowl officials counter the man-made snow is necessary to ensure the survival of the ski area, which opened in 1937 on Forest Service land and has struggled with short seasons because of a lack of snow.
The US Forest Service is part of the USDA, where I spoke in early November. This is a good example of how the USDA is involved in Native issues.
In fact, I'm a bit surprised the Forest Service is taking the tribes' side by stalling the permits. Usually the feds are gungho to develop the land at the expense of Indians.
For more on the subject, see Sewage Water as Holy Water and Court Rules Against Native Religion.