A Phoenix dam developer pulled permits Monday on two proposed dam projects on the Little Colorado River on the Navajo Nation after the feds issued an ultimatum to update his proposal.
A federal agency put a Phoenix developer on notice: Update information about two proposed dams by Friday on Navajoland. Otherwise, permits will be cancelled.
“We believe the Big Canyon Dam remains the developer’s priority, but we are ready to take action when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) makes any decision related to the dams,” said Amanda Podmore
“They (outsiders) just want to exploit for money. It’s hard for some people to understand the concept of ‘Not everything has to be about money,”‘ said Rita Bilagody, Save the Confluence spokeswoman. “This bill will send a loud message to outsiders that, we will fight for our sacred sites and will fight any attempts of desecration and destroying these sites.”
A Navajo leader, who represents the western Navajo chapter where a developer proposes to construct a dam, rejects the idea.
The Navajo Nation has filed a motion to intervene in a proposal to build a dam at Big Canyon, near the site where a developer three years ago was kicked out after trying to build a gondola tram and tourist resort.