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Hualapai Tribe reverses vote on eminent domain law

FILE - This March 28, 2007 file photo shows tourists walking on the glass-bottomed Skywalk. A northwestern Arizona tribe has voted to declare eminent domain over the Grand Canyon Skywalk. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, File)

PEACH SPRINGS — The northwestern Arizona tribe that owns the Grand Canyon Skywalk has reinstated its eminent domain law and voted to ban the Skywalk developer and his employees from the reservation.

Hualapai (WAHL’-uh-peye) tribal spokesman Dave Cieslak says the Tribal Council passed the resolutions Thursday.

Just last week, the tribe repealed the law that gave it the power to seize tangible and intangible property for public use. It was used once to cut Las Vegas developer David Jin out of managing the Skywalk.

The two sides are awaiting a decision from a federal judge on Jin’s request for a temporary restraining order to keep the tribe from condemning his contractual rights to the Skywalk.

The glass-bridge that juts out from the Grand Canyon on tribal land has been a popular tourist attraction.

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