Owner of New Mexico ski resorts sued by Native American tribe

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The owner of two New Mexico ski resorts is being sued by a Native American tribe.

James Coleman is the partial owner of Sipapu Ski Resort and Pajarito Mountain. He and other investors own Arizona Snowbowl near Flagstaff.

The Arizona Appeals Court is hearing a lawsuit filed by the Hopi Tribe over artificial snow making at the Snowbowl. The tribe says waste water used to make fake snow contains chemicals and is a public health nuisance.

At least 13 tribes consider the mountain on public land to be sacred.

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