Court orders $28.6 million judgment againt Hualapai Tribe

On Feb. 11, a federal judge affirmed a $28.6 million arbitration award against the Hualapai Tribe of northern Arizona last week favoring a Las Vegas developer who built the Skywalk tourist attraction on the Hualapai reservation overlooking the Grand Canyon.

U.S. District Judge David Campbell upheld the arbitration decision that awarded David Jin, the builder of the glass-bottomed Skywalk, millions of dollars in ticket revenue that Jin said was owed to him under a 2003 contract with the tribe.

Experts on economic development in Indian country said the tribal council's move to take ownership of the Skywalk through eminent domain could hurt Indian reservations across the United States if investors evaluating deals on tribal land fear being wiped out by tribal condemnation proceedings.

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