Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

July 25, 2016

Dineh defend western Navajoland from Escalade destructive tourism

Save the Confluence has released a fact sheet and flyer.
The 12-point fact sheet outlines the reasons why a proposed tourist resort would harm the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers.
Developers who call themselves Confluence Partners, aka Fulcrum Group, want to build a gondola tram on the Navajo Nation side of the Grand Canyon, at the confluence, leading down to the rivers. They call their proposal the Escalade Project.
They also want to build a tourist resort that would bring thousands of visitors to the area reserved for traditional sheepherding, and holds sites sacred to many American Indian tribes, ranging from Hopi, to Zuni, to Navajo, Pueblo, and more.
Save the Confluence is a grass-roots organization seeking to protect the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers from developers. It represents hundreds of Navajo families who have lived traditionally on the land for centuries. The organization also has the backing from many Navajo Chapters, the Diné Medicine Man association, the Hopi Nation, the Zuni Nation, the All Indian Pueblo Council, and environmental-protection organizations throughout the United States.

Comment by Censored News: The proposed Escalade tourism disaster is a lesson in how poisonous politics destroys the land, water and peoples lives. This monster tourism project on Navajoland at the Grand Canyon was first pushed by Albert Hale. Hale resigned as Navajo president during a financial probe of his office. Then, the governor of Arizona quickly appointed him to the Arizona Legislature to fill a vacancy. Earlier, while Hale was Navajo President, he had a public affair with his press secretary, documented in Navajo Times. She then became a reporter/editor in Indian country. Once Hale was in the Arizona Legislature, Hale pushed this corporate scheme Escalade which would destroy western Navajoland, sacred land and water on the rim of the Grand Canyon.

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