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Editorial: Hualapai Tribe's fight threatens all Indian businesses

Filed Under: Opinion
More on: arizona, grand canyon, hualapai, tourism

"The Hualapai Tribe near the Grand Canyon is enmeshed in a controversy that many tribal leaders fear could impede all that progress toward real sovereign self-reliance.

Briefly, the Hualapais have been coming out on the losing end of a high-profile contract squabble: The tribe used eminent domain to take control of its popular Grand Canyon Skywalk attraction from Las Vegas-based developer David Jin. A federal judge ordered the tribe to give the project’s revenue back.

The Skywalk controversy has built into the very sort of ugly, trust-deflating debacle that economic-development-minded tribal leaders seek to avoid.

U.S. District Judge David Campbell on Feb. 11 upheld an earlier arbitration hearing that found the tribe owed Jin more than $28million in ticket revenue — an amount Jin’s lawyers believe could mushroom to 10 times that figure."

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