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Hualapai Tribe votes for takeover of Grand Canyon Skywalk

The Hualapai Tribe of Arizona is taking over the Grand Canyon Skywalk from its non-Indian operator.

The tribal council voted to exercise eminent domain over the business. David Jin, who built the attraction, will be compensated with $11 million.

“The Tribe did not ask for this dispute,” councilman Charles Vaughn said in a statement that was quoted in news reports. “But we have made a sincere effort through private negotiations with Mr. Jin, and he still refuses to make the most basic concessions and complete the work he promised. His participation has been unproductive and created countless delays. At this point, there are simply no other options.”

The tribe said Jin failed to live up to his end of the deal.

Get the Story:
Ariz. tribe declares eminent domain over Grand Canyon Skywalk, severs agreement with developer (AP 2/8)
Tribe votes to take over Skywalk management (The Arizona Republic 2/9)

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