This week, the Navajo Nation Council voted 16-2 against the Grand Canyon Escalade Project, which sought to build an aerial tramway and large-scale facilities along the canyon rim and riverside. The Council’s vote is the final authority on the project and marks a victory in the ongoing effort to protect the area’s unique cultural heritage!
As Stephanie K. Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, conveys in a statement issued today:
“The confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers within the Grand Canyon is of traditional, religious and cultural importance to many native peoples, including the Navajo, Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Paiute, and Zuni—and deserves to be protected. Moving forward, the National Trust, along with the Grand Canyon Trust, Grand Canyon National Park, the Navajo Nation-based DinéHózhó venture, and other partners, will continue to advocate for new protections, including a canyon-wide National Register of Historic Places designation.”