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The paper explores the Hualapai Indian Reservation's Skywalk over the Grand Canyon and the income that will be generated by this site, its usage and the impact that this modern architectural project will have on the tribe's internal tribal structure. The paper provides some background on the Hualapai and describes their struggles with the White settlers and their Supreme Court case regarding their land claim issues. The paper examines the Hualapai reservation today and discusses how they have worked diligently for years to attract more tourists to their 1-million-acre reservation; they are counting on the tourist attraction to create jobs and provide much-needed revenue for the tribal members. This paper suggests that if their past is any indication of what is to come, the Pai people will keep on fighting to be independent and successful entrepreneurs.
From the Paper:"Since the settlers came to the new world, the Hualapai have continually been fighting for their independence. In 1865, the Pai peoples were located between the Grand Canyon and Bill Williams River. A war broke out in April of 1865 when Pai leader Anasa was murdered by drunken settlers in the area. The U.S. soldiers fought and subdued the tribe, because the warriors were not yet trained enough to master the Apache and Yavapai fighting style. The Pai, however, were able cut off the route from Prescott to the Colorado River ports, and the raids, and fighting did not subside until President Hardy negotiated a peace agreement at Beale Springs. However, only nine months later, the agreement broke when Chief Wauba Yuma was murdered after a dispute with the Walker party over the treaty. Once again, Pai raids began in full force against mining camps and settlers, with the warrior called Sherum leading many of the successful raids. The calvary from Fort Mohave responded by attacking and burning Pai rancherias, as well as using the Mohaves against the Pai. The war, under Chief Leve of the Yavapai peoples, lasted until December 1868, when the Pai began to surrender to whooping cough and dystentry, which had weakened their ranks. They could not fight against the settlers' diseases (Scott)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Cart, Julie. Tribe's canyon Skywalk opens one deep divide. 11 February, 2007. Los Angeles Times 15 April, 2010. www.latimes.com/.../la-na-skywalk11feb11,0,6802248.story
- Friess, Steve. At Grand Canyon skywalk, controversial twist on eco-tourism. 17 April, 2007. Christian Science Monitor. 15 April, 2010.
- Grand Canyon Skywalk Web site. 15 April, 2010. http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/
- Hualapai Web Site. 15 April, 2010. www.grandcanyonwest.com/hualapai.html
- McMillen, Christian. Making Indian Law. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007.
Cite this Term Paper:
The Hualapai's Skywalk over the Grand Canyon (2013, January 11) Retrieved May 23, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/the-hualapai-skywalk-over-the-grand-canyon-152191/
"The Hualapai's Skywalk over the Grand Canyon" 11 January 2013. Web. 23 May. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/the-hualapai-skywalk-over-the-grand-canyon-152191/>