A proposed Grand Canyon Escalade bill, which seeks approval from the Navajo Nation Council to jump start a controversial project, has begun to move forward late Monday.

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Bill number 0293-16 is sponsored by Fort Defiance Councilman Benjamin Bennett, who dropped off the bill at the tribe’s legislative services. The bill asks the council to approve development 27 miles west of Highway 89 at the Grand Canyon Eastern Rim in western Navajo.

The Confluence Partners LLC, a Scottsdale-based developer, want to develop a tourist hub that includes a gondola tram. The tram would carry tourists to the confluence of the little and larger Colorado Rivers.

In addition, the bill wants the council to approve a $65 million loan from the nation and a 420-acre land withdrawal from Bodaway/Gap Chapter plus an operating contract agreement with the tribe.

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