- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Hopi Tribe is asking to be part of a federal study involving a proposed Flagstaff water pipeline that would run very close to tribal land.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1PMiz7L ) that the Hopi sent the request to Coconino National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West and the city of Flagstaff.

Flagstaff is studying the feasibility of a 30-mile pipeline that would transport water from Red Gap Ranch to Flagstaff. The pipeline will cross state and U.S. Forest Service land, which could require the federal government to complete an environmental impact study.

The Hopi letter points out that the Coconino Forest includes many of the tribe’s historic and cultural resources.

Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours says there have also been past discussions about the Hopi tapping into the water line.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/

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