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9th Circuit to hear case over Hualapai Tribe's Skywalk business

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More on: 9th circuit, arizona, grand canyon, hualapai, jurisdiction, tourism, tribal courts

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments today in a case involving the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona.

The tribe owns the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a popular tourist attraction that was operated by David Jin, a non-Indian developer. Their relationship soured and the tribe took control of the business earlier this year.

Jin sued the tribe in federal court but Judge David Campbell ruled that he must exhaust his tribal court remedies. He wants to remain in federal court and has called the tribe's judicial system "dysfunctional" in filings with the 9th Circuit. He also says, as a non-Indian, he cannot be subjected to the tribe's jurisdiction.

Turtle Talk has posted documents from the case, Grand Canyon Skywalk v. Sa Nyu Wa. Arguments take place at 9am, according to the 9th Circuit's calendar.

Get the Story:
Appeals court takes up jurisdictional issue in case pitting Skywalk developer against tribe (AP 10/19)

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