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Hualapai Tribe sued for taking over business on reservation

Filed Under: Business | Law
More on: arizona, hualapai, tourism, tribal courts

The Hualapai Tribe of Arizona is being sued by a former non-Indian partner.

Developer Jim Brown built and operated the Hualapai Ranch, an "Old West" tourist attraction, under a contract with the tribe. He also had a separate contract for a group of cabins where tourists could stay.

The tribe took over the business last February after Brown allegedly failed to maintain the property. But he alleges that leaders of the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, a tribal entity, used that as an excuse to force him off the reservation.

"Why would anyone want to do business with this tribe?" Brown's attorney Ali Farhang told The Kingman Daily Miner. Brown is suing in tribal court.

The dispute with Brown emerged as the tribe was in ongoing litigation against another non-Indian developer. The tribe also took over Grand Canyon Skywalk, a popular tourist attraction.

Get the Story:
Lawsuit: Hualapai tribe snatched away ranch unfairly (The Kingman Daily Miner 1/30)

Related Stories:
Law Article: Hualapai Tribe in dispute over tourism business (1/28)
Hualapai Tribe takes control of another business on reservation (3/4)

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