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Artist Martin Simpson’s rendering of the proposed Grand Canyon Escalade, a tram which would carry up to 10,000 people per day to the floor of the canyon.

The Navajo Nation Council dealt a deadly blow to the monstrous Grand Canyon Escalade development proposal on Oct. 31, voting 16-2 against the proposal.

According to GrindTV, with the decision, the council unanimously decided to reject the plan that would have carried up to 10,000 tourists a day to the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers, a Navajo sacred site, via a 1.4-mile aerial tram from the canyon’s Eastern Rim.

The proposal by developers Confluence Partners LLC from Scottsdale, Ariz., also included a half-mile elevated walkway and food pavilion along the Colorado River and a 420-acre commercial and lodging “village” on the rim. Here, the plan called for 5,000 square feet of restrooms, an RV park, gas station, helipad, restaurants, retail shops, motel, luxury hotel, the Navajoland Discovery Center and additional infrastructure.

Under the proposal, the tribe would be on the hook for an initial $65 million investment for roads, water and powerlines and communications, while providing a nonrevocable 20-year operating license including a non-compete clause. In return, the Navajos would receive just 8% of the revenue.

The proposal was described as “absolutely totally one-sided” and a “rip-off” by various council members. This accounts for at least part of the reason why it had been met with a cold reception since project lobbying began seven years ago. Even after a lengthy debate during the council’s special session led to significant amendments, overwhelming opposition to the project remained, prompting council delegates to pound a stake through its heart.

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