Skip to content

Support for Peaks arrestees needed!

October 20, 2011

Trial for Protect the Peaks Six Arrested at August Protest Begins Thursday
Support Needed

Flagstaff, AZ – On Thursday, October 20, 2011, six Protect the Peaks supporters who were arrested during an August 7 march for protection of the Holy San Francisco Peaks will go to trial. Five of the six are charged with “Obstructing A Public Thoroughfare” and one individual with “Obstruction of Government Operation.” The Protect the Peaks supporters invite community supporters to join them inside and outside the courthouse during the trial. The bench trial will take place at Flagstaff Municipal Court located at 15 North Beaver in downtown Flagstaff at 9:30 AM.

If you cannot attend please consider sending a donation for legal support through or

During the August 7 march more than one hundred people, including families with children and elders, marched through downtown Flagstaff on a Sunday in protest of the destruction and desecration of the San Francisco Peaks by Arizona Snowbowl. As the protesters peacefully passed out flyers and carried banners through Flagstaff’s Southside, police aggressively disrupted the march, grabbing those who were closest to the street, pulling them into the street and arresting them. As six marchers were handcuffed, the remaining demonstrators continued to yell demands for an end to the Peaks’ desecration.

Video prior to the march

Banner hang-Downtown Flagstaff 8/1/2011

August 1, 2011

Today a banner reading “snowbowl Stinks” was attached to the train-bridge that runs through downtown Flagstaff aboveRoute 66.

This happens while folks have been camping in protest of Arizona Snowbowl for almost a month. Also folks in Flagstaff are preparing for a week of Action in protest of the desecration of the peaks. We are also pleased to inform folks that we are in the process of setting up a blog specifically for raising awareness to actions being taken in Solidarity with the past decades of resistance to Arizona Snowbowls attack on the Holy San Francisco Peaks. The current Web address is We will hopefully be moving the site to an independent server. We will keep you posted as more news arrives.

Here is the Rundown of events for the week of action:

How long will we allow the destruction and desecration to continue?
Take action for Sacred Sites, Human Rights, Environment, Public Health, Community, Respect!

August 4-9, 2011
Flagstaff, AZ

(Please come prepared with rain gear)

Thurs. 4th – BANNER MAKING – 5:30PM
At Taala Hooghan Infoshop – 1704 N 2nd St.

Fri. 5th – AWARENESS MARCH – 5:30PM
Meet at Heritage Square downtown Flagstaff. We will walk through downtown and hand out flyers.

Organized by Youth of the Peaks. Pray where you are.
A gathering will also be held near Snowbowl parking lot by Humphrey‘s Trail at 11AM.

Sun. 7th – MARCH FOR THE PEAKS! – 12:30PM
Meet and start in Wheeler Park downtown Flagstaff, AZ. Bring banners and signs.

Mon. 8th – RALLY AT USFS OFFICE! – 12:30pm
At Coconino Forest Service Office – 1824 S. Thompson St. Flagstaff, AZ (Near AZ Daily Sun off of Old Rt. 66)  Come on your lunch hour.  Bring banners and signs.


Black & White printable flyer

504 E Butler Avenue (across from New Frontiers)

Meet at Flagstaff City Hall on Rt 66 side.  Bring banners and signs, drums and song.


Join the encampments!
Join a current camp or start your own.
Come camp for a day or more, or just visit to support the encampments.

Donate supplies or funds.

(928) 600-0856


July 22, 2011

Today is day six of the cook shack convergence on the Holy San Francisco Peaks. What follows is a short collection of videos and photos that have come out of the cook shack convergence as well as background information on the encampment against further desecration and destruction.

Monday July 18, was an intense day at camp. The mountain was host to an intense hail storm that left piles of hail at the base of everyone’s tents. There was also intense thunder and lightning throughout the day and night. This did however lead to a brief halt in construction though. Unfortunately, once the hail let up workers resumed destruction quickly. Huge fires have been consuming the slash-piles at the base of the mountain day and night.

We have been visited from friends as far away as LA. On Friday July 15 LA Food Not Bombs came out to support the camp with a crew ready to cook. They helped the camp till Sunday. Since then meals have been taken on by the rest of the camp. The camp has received a large amount of in-town-support in the form of food donations as well as basic camping supplies in response to a call-out for supplies from the cook shack. The camp has fluctuated in numbers since Friday but camp spirits have remained positive throughout everyone’s stay.

Interactions with security and the state in general have been minimal. However a few brushins and one trespassing citation have emerged from the almost weeklong stay. The upper parking lot area where cookshack is located is a day use area only meaning, technically during the times of 8pm and 6am when snowbowl road is closed the upper parking lot is as well. On the morning of the 16, as two campers approached their vehicle between 5-6am had a snowbowl security personnel speed towards them and take their pictures with zero consent or any beforehand interaction. The security guard later approached and asked one of the campers if they would mind filling out a form with their persynal information. When the camper refused to do so and stated that they were being profiled. The security guard deferred to a “i’m just doing my job” stance and further stating that Snowbowl instructed him to document everyone that was in the upper parking lot area past the day use hours. He said it was due to “suspicious activity” occurring in the parking lot.

After conducting a hike observing the destruction and slash pile burning on Wednesday the 20, one camper was sited with a trespassing citation. The full charge is 75 dollars. After giving the camper a ticket US forest rangers then questioned two other campers on the where-abouts of the camp. The ranger for a short time was set on finding the camp and ID’ing everyone present. Campers were able to persuade the officers to enter camp or continue searching for the where-abouts of the physical camp.

Later in the evening a reporter for the Navajo times also said she was followed by an officer her entire drive down from Snowbowl.

All in all The camp has been going smoothly. Thanks to a pouring in of support there has been a pretty consistent supply of food and camping supplies. However it has been difficult to obtain other equipment. Donations of gift card to hardware stores would carry our camp really far. Also gift cards to sporting goods stores (REI, Sports Authority…etc) would help us get more specific gear and supplies that we need.

Those of the cook shack would like to thank everyone that has given us your support. The reality of things are that we still need more help if we are going to be a part of ending snowbowls war on the peaks. We are in need of a much larger presense of supporters. What that means is people on the peaks ready to take action. Hope to see all of you soon!

The following is a statement from the Cook Shack:

To be visibly and actively in resistance to corporate greed, state violence, environmental destruction, and spiritual desecration.

To not allow ourselves or others to look away – To bear witness to the atrocities being committed against the environment, indigenous people and community health, as well as bear witness to the resilience and power of the people!

To support other encampments and affinity groups by providing access to available food, gear, first aid, information and other supplies being offered and dropped off by supporters and community members. We will be transporting donations from drop places in Flagstaff to the CookShack base camp.

To answer the calls to action to STOP CONSTRUCTION AND DESECRATION and to stand with people past and present fighting to protect the peaks and all sacred places.

Join us for a few hours, a day, a week or a month: If you find yourself in affinity with us and would like to join us or support us and other base camps, please stop by Taala Hooghan Infoshop (1704 N. 2nd St. East Flagstaff AZ 86004) or e-mail us at to drop off supplies and/or get more info. Connect with us before Friday morning and go with us to the mountain to set-up camp!!!

We remind folks that this is a drug/alcohol/hater free encampment, and we support a diversity of tactics and strategies. Please come as self sufficient as possible.

We encourage everyone to answer the calls to action and start their own affinity groups and their own base camps!!! Please visit for the latest info.

Clear-Cutting Continues on the Peaks-Take Action Now!

July 13, 2011

Clear-Cutting Continues on the Peaks-Take Action Now!

These photos are from Saturday July 9, 2011, courtesy strongholdz media. There are currently two massive sections of Clear Cuts that begin directly behind (east of) the Heart prarie lodge. To those entering snowbowl to take a “recreational” hike the cuts are neatly hidden out of sight and roped off to the public (allegedly for the public’s saftey.

As a point of reference, please use this map of Arizona Snowbowls proposed development to  better familiarize your self with the lifts and lodges named in this article. Just click and it will open in a separate window that you can then zoom in and out of:

These photos are from Saturday July 9, 2011. There are currently two massive sections of Clear Cuts that begin directly behind (east of) the Heart prarie lodge. To those entering snowbowl to take a “recreational” hike the cuts are neatly hidden out of sight and roped off to the public (allegedly for the public’s saftey.)

According to Arizona Snowbowl owner Eric Borowski the Clear-cutting began on june 20 (by Flagstaff logging business High Desert Investment Company). After more than two weeks of rapid-reckless clear-cutting the cutting has reached the nearest road to the base of theHeart Prairie lift.

In the photos above  you can see the tops of downed trees covering the road nearest the top of the lift.

From above in this photo you can see how the cuts are sprawling their way through the mountain. Unfortunetly this photo is merely a fraction of the cutting snowbowl has completed to date. It is an even smaller fraction of the  more than 74 acres the US department of agriculture has signed away to Arizona Snowbowl.

Numerous piles of downed trees lay lifeless strewn about the base of the mountain such as the ones shown here located near the top lodge.

It has been said that Snowbowl is planning to sell the trees they are cutting from the Peaks. To further increase the profit being made off of the desecration of a sacred site. Where will snowbowl stop? better question to ask yourself what will you do to stop Arizona Snowbowl?

Many of these trees are Old-Growth trees that have been alive for centuries. Some of the trees stacked for sale are more five feet wide. From where the trees have been viciously chopped down a trail of trenches full of tree remnants follow. Sawdust, broken limbs and piles of disshoveld soil remain where a sensite intact ecosystem was once rooted.

The current attack on the Peaks from Arizona follows the wings of more than 500 years of violent colonization on this continent. As seen with the June 17, areest of the six that locked-down to waste-water pipes and a dozer, Arizona snowbowl is ready with the aid of the state to arrest and charge anyone willing to intervene with this process of present day colonization.  Which is not surprising coming from someone who disregards an area that has been held sacred to 13 different tribes.

And this is why we must all continue to resist. Snowbowls construction operation is far from a stable project see this recent  from recent Arizona Daily Sun article: Logging starts at Snowbowl

“Snowbowl had been hesitant to take out loans to cover construction at the ski area until the outcome of a lawsuit raising questions about the safety of using reclaimed wastewater to make snow is known.
Construction is now proceeding with cash the ski area had on hand, Borowsky said.
“We feel very comfortable about the next court proceeding because it’s just a bogus lawsuit … but we’re not going to borrow any money until the court opinion is finalized,” Borowsky said.

If more intervention with Borowskys destruction of the peaks continues he will surely find it increasingly difficult to move forward…

What can you do to help?

Contact Flagstaff City Officials and urge them to RESPECT the environment, Indigenous culture, and protect public health by finding a way out of their contract to sell Snowbowl wastewater!
PHONE: (928) 779-7600

Also, If you have a chance please non-violently protest these organizations:

Contact Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and express concern that there was no meaningful public process when the agency approved wastewater for snowmaking. File a complaint and demand full public review!

(Above photo from last years protest of this agency)

Northern Regional Office
1801 West Route 66, Suite 117
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
(877) 602-3675 – Toll Free

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
1110 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
(602) 771-2300 – General Information
(800) 234-5677 – Toll Free
(602) 771-4829 – TDD

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Southern Regional Office (SRO)
400 West Congress Street, Suite 433
Tucson, Arizona 85701
(520) 628-6733 – General Information
(888) 271-9302 – Toll Free
(520) 628-6745 – Fax
The us department of agriculture has the authority to stop the clear-cutting at any minuet.

See this statement from the six protesters who locked-down in June:

– Join us and others in physically stopping all Snowbowl development!

– Honor and defend Indigenous Peoples’ inherent right to protect Sacred

– Resist colonialism and capitalism! Embrace diverse tactics to end
Snowbowl’s and all corporate greed

– Demand USDA end Snowbowl’s Special Use Permit

– Demand that the City of Flagstaff Mayor and Council find a way out of
their contract to sell wastewater to Snowbowl

– Demand that Arizona Department of Environmental Quality change its
permission allowing wastewater to be used for snowmaking.

— Protect the Peaks! –

Join a Base camp or donate to them!

We need the following please remember we’re camping when making your donations!

To be able to survive:

  • – non-perishable foods (canned and dry foods are great!)
  • – lots of potable water in reusable/refillable containers
  • (Please DO NOT bring small plastic bottles)

To be able to camp:

  • -tents
  • -sleeping bags
  • -rain gear
  • -ammo cans with securely fitting lids
  • -camp chairs
  • -flash lights
  • -batteries
  • -lanterns
  • -tarps
  • -rope

To be able to cook:

  • -big pots
  • -canopies
  • -propane stoves
  • -propane tanks
  • -disinfecting cleaning supplies (please nothing including triclosan)
  • -coffee pots
  • -tubs to wash dishes and other dish washing supplies

To be able to document and communicate:

  • -still and video cameras
  • -People with stills and video cameras
  • -solar charging stations

To be able to support each other:

  • -First Aid supplies
  • -Medics with Skills
  • -support vehicle on the mountain
  • -support vehicles on call who can transport supplies and people
  • -banners to be visible!!!!

If you think of something else that isn’t on this list that we or other base camps might need, please don’t hesitate to donate.

We thank you for all your love, support and spirit!

The CookShack Base Camp

  • E-mail us – ptpcookshack@gmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Follow us on Twitter – @ptpcookshack
  • Friend us on Facebook – Peaks CookShack

for more information please visit:

Indigenous action media

Save the Peaks!!A call for decentralized action

July 8, 2011

A call for decentralized action

editor: This came in over the email system with a request to post for all the world. This is from the second affinity group to form and start their basecamp. They are calling themselves wage slave.

Take to the forest. Set up shop and start your plans. It has never felt so good to take your own power back. They can’t stop you from camping in the woods – it is not illegal. Set up your basecamp now. Become what your heart desires. All walks of life in Flagstaff look to the mountain for all kinds of relief. From the most necessary medicines to a playful romp in the snow, she gives it all. It is time we give back. The earth cannot handle the strain we are placing on her and further artificial means will only hasten her demise. Help stop the madness now…. Read more…

June 30, 2011

DATE: Thursday June 29, 2011
Contact: Alex Soto
Phone: 602-881-6027

Border Patrol Headquarters Occupation Protesters Found Not Guilty
Reaffirms Call to End Border Militarization

Chuckson (Tucson), AZ – The six protesters who locked-down and occupied the United States Border Patrol (BP) – Tucson Headquarters on May 21, 2010 were found not guilty on the remaining count of a disorderly conduct “with serious disruptive behavior” charge.
The legal defense, William G. Walker and Jeffrey J. Rogers, argued that the remaining charge of disorderly conduct did not apply because it did not meet any of the statutes of the charge.  After three hours of deliberation, the judge found the six not guilty.

The city prosecutor had attempted to re-introduce the previously misfiled criminal trespassing as a misdemeanor charge, but this charge was dismissed after the first trial date for the occupiers in February. After an objection by the defense, the state’s motion was denied.

“Today’s not guilty verdict shows that we, as O’odham, are not the ones who are disorderly. It is the Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security, and the various levels of government that perpetrate the violence in our communities,” stated Alex Soto, Tohono O’odham, one of the protesters and member of O’odham Solidarity Across Borders Collective. “When will the institutions, whose conduct continues for more than 500 years of trespassing, that terrorize indigenous and migrants communities, be held accountable?”

“No state entity can deny peoples’ inherent right to freedom of movement,” said Marisa Duarte, one of the protesters standing trial. “Borders are a colonial weapon used to continue the genocide of indigenous people and their culture. Through trade they exploit natural resources and use the profits to further the progress of neo-liberal infrastructure projects such as CANAMEX and NAFTA. This results in the criminalization of those who defy borders through living their lives traditionally. You see the forced relocation of families from borders all around the world.  Today we say no more to this criminalization of people.”

O’odham Elders and community members attended the court proceedings to demonstrate their support.

“Today we celebrate our victory in court, but understand this is just one step in ending border militarization. We took action last May in order to directly confront the issues in our communities by physically intervening and occupying the Border Patrol station.

Since that time, many have answered the call to end border militarization, and victories like today have inspired more action,” said Franco Habre.

As the six waited for the state’s decision, 16 angry community members targeted the prison firm G4S (formally Wackenhut) and were cited criminal trespassing charges. The 16 declared in no uncertain terms their opposition to the company’s profiteering at the expense of immigrant communities in Tucson, across the nation and throughout the world. Their action, which was organized autonomously by Tucson community members, was carried out under the banner of Direct Action for Freedom of Movement.

The six still stand firmly with their commitment and demands to end border militarization and their initial demands are listed below:

– Immediately withdraw National Guard Troops from the US/Mexico border

– Immediately halt development of the border wall

– Immediately remove drones and checkpoints

– Decommission all detention camps and release all presently held undocumented migrants

– Immediately honor Indigenous Peoples rights of self-determination

– Fully comply with the recently signed UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

– Respect Indigenous People’s inherent right of migration

– End NAFTA, FTAA and other trade agreements

– Immediately end all CANAMEX/NAFTA Highway projects (such as the South Mountain Freeway)

– Immediately repeal SB1070 and 287g

– End all racial profiling

– No BP encroachment/sweeps on sovereign Native land

– No raids and deportations

– Immediate and unconditional regularization (“legalization”) of all people

– Uphold human freedom and rights

– Uphold the rights of ALL Indigenous People – repeal HB 2281, support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

– Support dignity and respect

– Support and ensure freedom of movement for all people

Soto concluded, “This action was a prayer. We’d like to thank those who stood with us during this process and to all who firmly stand with us to end border militarization. The occupation of the Border Patrol station was never about any group/organization, or us, it was about directly confronting the terror that the state unleashes upon indigenous and migrant communities, so we can critically challenge border militarization. As an O’odham, I always think back to my grandparents’ teachings: We as O’odham people have always traveled freely, regardless of the border. It’s our land, who we are, and we will defend it.”

To view the occupation video and for additional resources please visit:


Tucson: Angry community members storm G4S Wackenhut office

June 30, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tucson: Angry community members storm G4S Wackenhut office

Contact: Genevieve Shroeder (406) 529.2424
Matthew Johnson


Protest Targets Prison Firm for Profiteering, Police Cite 16 for Trespassing
Press statement

Censored News
TUCSON –(June 29, 2011) At around 2 p.m. today, community members burst uninvited into the Tucson offices of private security firm G4S and declared in no uncertain terms their opposition to the company’s profiteering at the expense of immigrant communities in Tucson, across the nation and throughout the world. Incensed by G4S’ role in promoting the criminalization of immigrants and the expansion of the private prison industry, the protestors entered the G4S office complex, delivered a letter to company representatives and unfurled a banner reading “G4S: Prison profiteering destroys communities.”

Today’s action, which was organized autonomously by Tucson community members, was carried out under the banner of Direct Action for Freedom of Movement. Although the protesters were never asked to leave the building, and were there only 10 minutes, the Tucson Police cited 16 individuals for criminal trespassing.

G4S is the world’s largest security company and has public contracts to transport, detain and imprison immigrants throughout the world. The company is infamous for the mistreatment of individuals in its custody, with the most atrocious examples including the senseless deaths of two inmates in 2010. Since 2006, G4S has provided transportation for Customs and Border Protection and, in 2010 alone, secured over 125 million dollars in contracts from the Department of Homeland Security.

G4S not only reaps the profits of border enforcement, they also shape public policy to criminalize immigrants and ensure a steady stream of people to fill their buses and jails. G4S subsidiary Wackenhut is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the organization responsible for drafting the model legislation that became SB1070 and similar laws in Utah, Georgia, Indiana and Alabama.

Protest participant Carly Rexroad explained the goals of today’s action: “G4S is the world’s largest private security firm, reaping millions in profit from imprisoning immigrants and tearing families apart. By targeting G4S we hope to help illuminate the connections between prison profiteering and the proliferation of state legislation that criminalizes immigrants and funnels them into the jails and detention facilities of the very companies who wrote and lobbied for that legislation. As long as this pattern continues, G4S can expect to see actions like today’s multiply and escalate.”

Community member Matthew Johnson described the ways in which profiteering destroys communities: “The grotesque face of border militarization is evident in every SBInet surveillance tower now left defunct to litter the desert, every mile of border wall that scars the landscape, and every G4S-operated bus that deports hundreds of people each day or drives them to Tucson to be fed directly into the prison industry through the expedited proceedings of Operation Streamline. Every immigrant transported by G4S for deportation or incarceration represents a family whose loved one is missing, locked in a cage or unceremoniously dumped over the southern border.”


Clear-cutting has begun on the Holy San Francisco Peaks-Take Action Now!

June 27, 2011

From: http://www.indigenousaction.0rg

photos/video:strongholdz media

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — Owners of Arizona Snowbowl ski area have started clear-cutting rare alpine forest for new ski runs on the Holy San Francisco Peaks.  According to an Environmental Impact Statement more than 74 acres are slated to be cut.  Owners and operators of Arizona Snowbowl began partial development of a 14.8 mile pipeline last month.

If completed, the pipeline will transport up to 180 million gallons of treated sewage effluent from the City of Flagstaff to the ski area for snowmaking.

The treated sewage has been proven to contain contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and hormones. Currently this matter is subject of a lawsuit asserting that the Forest Service, who manages the Peaks as public lands, did not test or seriously consider impacts if humans ingest the fake snow.  Snowbowl started development in May even though the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has yet to make a decision on the current case.

Development of the pipeline was temporarily halted on June 16th when six individuals locked themselves inside the pipeline trench and to construction equipment.  After holding off construction for nearly 5 hours, the direct action ended with the arrests of those involved.

The San Francisco Peaks are held holy by more than 13 Indigenous Nations.  Former Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. made the point clear when the Forest Service initially approved the development in 2004, “When you build on [The Peaks], when you talk about putting wastewater on it, you are desecrating our life. You are chipping away at our way of life and committing genocide”

Please read the statement from the six protesters who literally placed themselves in the trenches:

For background information also see:

Saving the peaks zine 2010 and saving the peaks zine 2011 

Updated zine on the Peaks

June 25, 2011





















Strongholdz media recently updated their second saving the peaks zine. There are pictures of the recent action that halted construction and a report back from the prayer vigil! Saving the Peaks zine.


6/24/11 Rally for the peaks at AZDEQ

June 25, 2011

Friday June 24, Rally in response to the Call-out from the PROTECT THE PEAKS! Protest Halts Construction, Calls for Action:  Demand that Arizona Department of Environmental Quality change its permission allowing wastewater to be used for snowmaking.

About 20-30 people rallied in front of AZDEQ to bring attention to their role in wastewater proposals from Snowbowl. A lot happened within the two and a half hour rally. The Brass Lung Marching band played belted out awesome ballads. There was chalking done directly before the sidewalk leading up to the office. There were also two banners and lots of megaphone speeches.

Also from the call to action:

Our action is a prayer.

We invite those of you who could not join us today and who believe in the protection of culture, the environment and community health to resist destruction and desecration of the Peaks:

– Join us and others in physically stopping all Snowbowl development!
– Honor and defend Indigenous Peoples’ inherent right to protect Sacred Places
– Resist colonialism and capitalism! Embrace diverse tactics to end Snowbowl’s and all corporate greed
– Demand USDA end Snowbowl’s Special Use Permit
– Demand that the City of Flagstaff Mayor and Council find a way out of their contract to sell wastewater to Snowbowl
– Demand that Arizona Department of Environmental Quality change its permission allowing wastewater to be used for snowmaking.

More photos from the rally will be added later

For more information the direction to halt construction on the peaks please see: Indigenous Action Media