“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.”
Rita Bilagody, a Tuba City resident, led the fight against Phoenix developers, who proposed to develop a tourist resort at Grand Canyon East Rim. She called the proposal “The Monster.” That was, until she contracted the coronavirus. This is her story.
If there is one good thing about the coronavirus, it grounded all the air-tour operators over the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers for the first time in about 30 years.
VIDEO: Families who fought for seven long years against outside developers who wanted to take their homeland away from them to build a tourist resort at the eastern edge of the Grand Canyon celebrate the death of the proposal.
This is a story about my brother, Clyde Wilson, who was drafted by the U.S. Marines and served in Vietnam in 1968.