Opponents of the Proposed Grand Canyon Escalade sent more than 32,000 online comments to the Navajo Nation Council opposing construction of a gondola and a resort at the Grand Canyon Eastern Rim.

The majority of those signatures, about 26,200, came from the Save the Confluence website at https://savetheconfluence.com.com/petition, and went directly to the official comment link at the Navajo Nation. (View an interactive map showing most of the petition signature locations gathered online.)

About 32,000 names reached the Navajo Nation Council by end of day Saturday during the comment period about the Grand Canyon Escalade bill. Legislation 0293-16 was filed Aug. 29 with the Navajo legislative council office, according to both Navajo Nation officials and Save the Confluence website data.

The tribe’s legislative office also received Friday, Sept. 2, the names of 5,000 Navajos, who signed printed petitions protesting the Escalade since 2012.

Under the bill, Scottsdale-based Confluence Partners LLC want the council to sign a contract, approve a $65 million in a loan for infrastructure and withdraw 420-acres for the proposed development that includes the tram.

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