Opinion: Another side to the Grand Canyon Skywalk dispute
Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011
"As a Las Vegas businessman, I've had the good fortune to work with the members of northern Arizona's Hualapai Tribe for more than 20 years. I have brought hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world to visit the beautiful Western Rim of the Grand Canyon, owned by the Hualapai Nation.
In 1996, I approached the Hualapai Tribe with an idea to build the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a one-of-a-kind glass bridge extending 4,000 feet over the Canyon floor. The Skywalk opened in 2007 and has exponentially increased tourism to Grand Canyon West by creating hundreds of jobs and attracting more than 1.5 million visitors.
I signed over ownership of the Skywalk and a beautiful new visitors center to the Hualapai people. We signed a contract that allows me to recoup my $30 million investment by handling day-to-day operations of the Skywalk in a 25-year management agreement.
Since opening the attraction four years ago, I have not received millions of dollars the Hualapai Tribal Council owes me for managing the Skywalk. They continue to collect profits, yet refuse to distribute the money to me or the Hualapai people."
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