Tribe, Skywalk developer at odds over arbitration

Peach Springs, Arizona (AP) October 2011

A northern Arizona tribe and the developer of the Grand Canyon Skywalk have picked arbitrators to hear a contract dispute.

But Hualapai tribal officials say moving forward with formal talks is unnecessary because they’ve already been having productive face-to-face meetings with Las Vegas developer David Jin.

Two lawsuits that Jin filed asking a tribal court to force arbitration and in federal court to keep the tribe from severing the Skywalk contract have been dismissed. The American Arbitration Association recently agreed to hear the dispute at Jin’s request.

He says the tribe hasn’t paid him the money he’s owed. The tribe contends Jin failed to complete a visitor center.

Jin’s representatives say the association is allowed under the contract to hear disputes. The tribe says only a federal court can order arbitration.