"Navajo citizens raised strong concerns regarding the need to protect the Peaks as one of the sacred sites on and near the Navajo Nation. In addition to the sacred mountains, which are located outside the Navajo Nation, the Commission determined it to be important and necessary to assess the Navajo citizens’ desires to protect and preserve sacred sites located on the Navajo Nation. Presently, the Commission is developing its hearing report regarding Navajo sacred sites."

Source: NNHRCs Assessing Race Relations Public Hearing Report

In March 2, 2015 the Navajo Nation filed a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The petition addresses the violation of the Navajo people’s rights to religion, culture and judicial protection by the use of reclaimed wastewater for snowmaking for a commercial ski operation on the San Francisco Peaks, a site sacred to the Navajo.

  • Navajo Nation Petition to IACHR
  • Navajo Nation Petition to IACHR Appendices