A key member of the Confluence Partners, who is asking the Navajo Nation to give him a $65 million loan to build the proposed Grand Canyon Escalade, apparently is unable to pay his bills in Scottsdale.
A bill that may start the $1 billion Grand Canyon Escalade project at the east rim of the canyon will likely reach the Navajo Nation Council soon.
If you thought the Escalade tramway project was dead, it’s not. Or that the massive Tusayan development couldn’t happen, it still can. And if you assumed uranium mining was banned for good in the Grand Canyon…well, sort of. Despite several small victories along the way, commercial development and mining interests still remain a very real threat to the Grand Canyon.
The developers have set themselves up to make money off the looming conflict between the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe.
There’s a fight over the Grand Canyon. Arizonans are on one side. Many of their elected representatives are on the other.
Tell members of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council to say No to the proposed Grand Canyon Escalade.
We have not forgotten the enormous help offered to Save the Confluence families by supporters, who gave their time to write letters, sign petitions, contacted their leaders, researched and created a global awareness to preserve a national treasure.
The notion — we hesitate to call it an actual “plan” — to build a gondola ride into the Grand Canyon at the confluence of the Colorado River and the Little Colorado River proved even more outlandish than most critics realized.
Now that former President Ben Shelly can no longer fire him, Navajo Nation’s Natural Resources division director has issued a memorandum opposing the Grand Canyon Escalade.
Under the re-awakening of Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez, it is our hope that land users and residents will finally gain peace of mind.