Despite forging a new “Memorandum of Understanding” with prospective developers of a resort at the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers on the Navajo Nation, President Ben Shelly says he’s about ready to tell advocates to go jump off a cliff.
“I still have a problem with the project,” Shelly said in an impromptu interview with The Navajo Times on Saturday.
After more than two years of battles between local residents and Scottsdale-based Confluence Partners, LLC, not a single major investor has been identified, according to Shelly.
That’s a major problem, since the project, which would include a gondola tram that would run down into Grand Canyon National Park, would cost more than $160 million — at a time when the tribe is said to only have $147 (that’s right: less than two hundred dollars) in its reserve funds.
“I’ve told Confluence Partners I’m insisting on 18 percent of gross revenues (for the Navajo Nation),” Shelly told the Times on Saturday.
See more at: http://navajotimes.com/politics/2013/0913/092113shelly.php.
A few months ago, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly told one of the key organizers in this photo that he wanted to take her, bend her over his knee and “spank” her.
Well, Mr. President, it is YOU who deserve to be spanked for your two-timing ways — claiming to protect our sacred lands then negotiating behind closed doors with developers to take it all away from us.
In this photo, and on http://facebook.com/savetheconfluence: “We participated in the parade yesterday at the Window Rock fair Window Rock, AZ. The banner says: STOP THE LAND GRAB! We continue to stand against the ugly development of a Gondola tram at the Confluence. Thank you all for standing with us and pass the word to SAVE THE CONFLUENCE! www.savetheconfluence.com Sign the petition!
Thank you Don Yellowman for the invite! Thank you Kern Collymore for all your support and especially the youth. There are so many to thank. We love you!”
By Renae Yellowhorse
BODAWAY - A 15-month-old economic feasibility study for the controversial Grand Canyon Escalade expired Monday without word from the Navajo Nation over whether the project stalled or will continue to move forward.
The Feb. 21, 2012, memorandum of understanding, between the Navajo Nation and the Scottsdale-based Confluence Partners LLC, allowed the company to do the following; Study the possibility of whether a tourist-destination site is suitable to locate on the northeast rim of the Grand Canyon in Western Navajo.
From azcentral.com today:
When Terry Teller was a boy, he would bring Luke Skywalker to life in a wash near the Navajo Nation’s Lukachukai Mountains in northern Arizona. Sticks turned into imaginary light sabers as he acted out scenes from the 1977 classic “Star Wars.” Teller never expected that, two decades later, he would give Navajo voice to the role of Skywalker on the silver screen.
Teller, 34, is one of seven Navajos whose bizaad — their language — was dubbed into the original George Lucas film, which is now known as “Episode IV: A New Hope.” “When you are young, it’s cool to be a Jedi, and you don’t think about being the real one,” Teller said. “But to be really a part of the movie, that’s real exciting.” Organizers hope the project will bring attention to the language and inspire tribal youth to learn it.