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Volume 43 (2016) - Issue 2

Grand Canyon Trust v. Williams: Tribal Land Protection and the Battle for Red Butte

In the midst of a Northern Arizona plateau, a rust-colored hill rises steeply from a base of sandstone to a summit of volcanic rock. The Havasupai Tribe (“the Tribe”) refers to this land as the “mountain of the clenched fist,” and it is one of their most sacred spaces. More commonly known as Red Butte, this property has faced mining threats for decades. Objections based on the site’s cultural and religious significance have been considered and outweighed, leading to mountainside protests and legal action.

Mar 25, 2020
Natalie C. Winters