Operator of Grand Canyon Skywalk battles Hualapai Tribe

The operator of the Grand Canyon Skywalk has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona.

David Jin says the tribe is trying to take over the Skywalk, which opened in March 2008. He says the tribe has violated a contract and has embezzled funds from the tourist attraction.

The tribe counters that Jin has failed to live up to the contract. Construction remains incomplete, even after four years, according to a spokesperson.

"Apparently, it's not enough that Mr. Jin violated the terms of his agreement with the tribe ... but now, he insults the Hualapai people with this patently false and outrageous allegation?" Dave Ciesla told The Arizona Republic. "Sadly, it's what we've come to expect after years of broken promises."

A federal judge has declined to issue an injunction against the tribe but the lawsuit hasn't been dismissed, the paper reported.

The tribe is being represented by Paul Charlton,a former U.S. Attorney for Arizona, while Jin is being represented by Troi Eid, a former U.S. Attorney from Colorado.

Get the Story:
Operator, tribe at odds over Grand Canyon Skywalk (The Arizona Republic 4/14)
Tensions rise between developer and tribe at the Grand Canyon Skywalk (ABC15.Com 4/14)
Grand Canyon Skywalk's glass bottom being replaced with panes from Spain (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 4/13)
Grand Canyon Skywalk's glass is being replaced (The Arizona Republic 4/13)

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