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Grand Canyon Tram On Hold

A project to build a 1.6-mile tram that would take visitors into the Grand Canyon is on hold for a few months after failing to gain enough support from Navajo Nation lawmakers.

The project calls for building a tram that would drop 3,200 feet into the canyon, taking visitors from the rim to the Colorado River in about 10 minutes.

It also calls for building commercial and retail space, a multimedia complex, a river walk and administrative buildings. Supporters say the project would bring jobs to the cash-strapped reservation, while opponents say it could desecrate the region and turn the Grand Canyon into an amusement park. The proposal must go through four committees before the tribal council votes.

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Two committees turned it down. The council could still vote on the proposal during the summer session which starts July 17.