Navajo legislative officials said Grand Canyon Escalade bill is delayed a week because tribal lawmakers discontinued its Thursday meeting resulting from a lack of quorum.

Although the Navajo Nation Council’s Naabik’iyati’ committee took up some items on its agenda, the panel did not address Escalade bill. The committee, which met in Window Rock, had planned to discuss and act on the legislation, legislative officials said.

The Escalade bill, which proposes to develop a tourist resort at Grand Canyon Eastern rim, seeks $65 million of the Nation to pay for infrastructure.  The project consists of a tram that takes tourists from the rim to the canyon floor near the confluence of Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers.

Naabik’iyati’ is the last legislative body that debates the bill before it moves to the Navajo Nation Council for consideration. The council’s summer session starts July 17.

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