Hopi oppose Grand Canyon Escalade proposal by Navajo


It may be no surprise that as the Navajo Nation attempts to create jobs and grow its economy, it now wants to build a “Grand Canyon Escalade” at the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers between Cameron and Desert View at Grand Canyon–but Hopi Tribe elders are steadfastly opposed to the proposed development by the Ben Shelly Administration.

A memorandum of understanding between the Scottsdale based Fulcrum Group and the Navajo Nation paves the way for feasibility studies in advance of an actual agreement.  The proposal calls for developing 420-acres that would include a tram gondola ride to the bottom of the canyon from the rim, a resort, vendor village, a new river trail and a large restaurant inside the canyon.

At a recent Tribal Council meeting, Hopi leaders unanimously agreed to approve a Resolution formally stating their strong opposition to the “Grand Canyon Escalade.”

Hopi Vice Chairman Herman G. Honanie said, “The proposed development located at the confluence is unacceptable to Hopi religious leaders, practitioners and the Hopi people as it will significantly and forever adversely impact Hopi sacred places to which Hopis have aboriginal title and use.”

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