'Snow dance' makes believers at Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A "snow dance" performed by a group of traditional Native American dancers produced immediate results at Lake Tahoe on Saturday.

Organizers say it began snowing at the same time the Eagle Wings Dancers appealed to higher authorities during a ceremony at Sugar Pine Point State Park on the lake's west shore.

Some 20 female dancers in traditional dress performed in conjunction with an event that commemorates the 1960 Winter Games at nearby Squaw Valley.

Heidi Doyle of the Sierra State Parks Foundation says she's becoming a believer in the snow dance because the Nevada-based group was booked for the ceremony in October and it's the first measurable snow around Tahoe since Dec. 7.

She says unpredicted snow fell shortly after the same group performed two years ago, and tribal dancers performed just before heavy snow saved the 1960 Games.