Grand Canyon Development Plan Sparks Dispute Among Navajo – NBC News.com.
ABC NEWS – Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly said he plans to green-light the project and the $65 million required from the tribe for road, water and communication facilities.
While overlooking the canyon from its south rim, Shelly explained, “I come here and I look from that view as the President, as the guardian of the Navajo people and our nation … and say, ‘what can I give to my families and my people?'”
Shelly said that the Navajo suffer from unemployment and high suicide rates. “The only conclusion I got from that is that they need jobs, they need homes. They need good homes. They need better education. They need to get involved in a lot and create business,” he said.
SAVE THE CONFLUENCE – On June 4, 2011, President Shelly told a gathering of Navajo people at the Grand Canyon that he opposed the proposed Grand Canyon Escalade Project at the Confluence. Go to this link and listen to a audio tape of statement on June 4, 2011: http://savetheconfluence.com/politics-government/navajo-nation-president-ben-shelly-political-backflip/