Hopi Confluence Tram Way
HOPI CONFLUENCE TRAM WAY
Developers want to build a gondola tram and resort leading from disputed tribal and National Parks Service lands to the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers. The three partners in the proposal have faced formal accusations over the last 25 years of fraud, corruption and unethical behavior. But all three managed to escape convictions.
Tens of thousands of people worldwide have opposed the development, saying it not only would destroy a fragile and pristine ecosystem on the eastern rim of the Grand Canyon, but that it also would destroy sacred sites and disrupt the traditional lifestyles of Native people who have lived in the area for generations
Corporate interest: Albert Hale, a former Navajo Nation president who was forced to resign amid scandals, is one of the partners in the proposal to build the Grand Canyon Escalade.
Tribe: The Hopi Tribe has said that if the Navajo Nation were to approve the proposal, then a land agreement between the two tribes would be breached, and a lawsuit would be necessary to resolve the issue.