Stop plans to develop the Grand Canyon.
  • Petitioning Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly

This petition will be delivered to:

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly
Confluence Partners LLC
Arizona Governor
President of the United States
Arizona State Senate
Arizona State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Stop plans to develop the Grand Canyon.

    1. Brandon Hire
    2. Petition by

      Brandon Hire

      Columbus, OH

According to this article -

"The vast 27,000 square-mile Navajo reservation abuts Grand Canyon National Park, and tribal leaders say they're losing out on tourist dollars and jobs for their people by leaving the land undeveloped. Navajo President Ben Shelly recently signed a nonbinding agreement that lists the gondola, a restaurant, a half-mile river walk, a resort hotel and spa and RV park among the attractions of a proposed development that he says will bring up to $70 million a year in revenue to the tribe and 2,000 jobs to the impoverished reservation."

With development of any part of this canyon, we attack the ecosystems within the canyon itself. This plan would bring pollution from tourists and the degradation of scenery in ways that cannot be undone.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular sights I've ever seen. I want this land protected from development for the benefit of future generations. We do not know what environmental impacts this development may have. We do know that it would cause an ugly display of commercialism in a pristine environment that people fought to protect.

The Navajo Reservation borders the eastern rim of the canyon. The water from the Colorado River flows south and west through the canyon. This means that any pollutants that contaminate the waterways by the tourists at the eastern edge of the park will affect the canyon as a whole!

Imagine seeing plastic bottles and bags and other garbage floating down the Colorado River!

Imagine the effects of other pollutants entering the Colorado River on the canyon's scenery!

Imagine looking to the west at fantastic scenery, then to the east at a gaudy tourist trap!

It's up to us to keep this land protected. Fight this development. Sign the petition.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. This isn't "MY" petition, it's YOURS!

      Brandon Hire
      Petition Organizer

      I still care DEEPLY about this issue, despite the fact that I've not been actively promoting this fight recently. Life happens to us all!

      I was surprised and humbled to find that it had grown by over 10 times since I last checked on it! THANK YOU ALL!

      There's only so much that a step-father of two / full time student with two businesses and a part time job in Central Ohio can do. But I want to be able to return to the Canyon and show it to my daughters for the first time in their lives as I saw it in 2010! Beautiful, pristine, and UN-marred!

      This is why it has touched me so much to see so many of you still promoting this fight. This canyon is OURS, regardless of heritage or nationality, because a wonder such as this transcends borders and ownership. This canyon is a worldwide treasure, and is owned equally by those who live close to it as well as those who live so distantly that they may never behold it's beauty!

      My entire family thanks you for continuing to fight! NEVER GIVE UP!

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Mentioned in the Navajo Times!

      Brandon Hire
      Petition Organizer

      Although it wasn't the main focus of the article, this petition was mentioned in a recent Navajo Times article!

      The word is spreading! KEEP IT GOING!

      Oh, I've also added another party to the list of who the petition would go to, it now includes Confluence Partners LLC.

    5. Updtaes

      Brandon Hire
      Petition Organizer

      We're climbing in the count, but we've got a LONG way to go.

      I've recently spoken to a few newspapers in Arizona, and have convinced members of the Arizona Sierra Club to support the petition. It's been shared by the Arizona Sierra Club, and is still circulating.

      But we need more. Please, tell everyone you know that you do not want development of the Grand Canyon. These developments would include a Tram, a hotel, a restaurant, an RV Park, a 1/2 mile river walk, and all of this within full view of visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park! This would be an eyesore to the pristine view of the canyon, which is one of our national treasures. This could also be a pollution nightmare, harming the canyon itself!

      Please keep this petition spreading to everyone who will listen!

    6. Navajo Times

      Brandon Hire
      Petition Organizer

      I just spoke to Cindy Yurth from the Navajo Times about the petition and about

      I was flattered that she'd heard of me before I called, thanks to the petition....

      Let's hope that this helps to spread the word.

      Also, we hit 100 signatures 48 hours ago, but are now at 143. This is the fastest it's climbed, which means you're spreading the word. THANK YOU SO MUCH for that. Keep it going!

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. Update to the petition info

      Brandon Hire
      Petition Organizer

      This is my first petition on, and I'm fine tuning it as I go.

      I've decided to send this to Barack Obama as well as Arizona Elected Officials.

      This will only work with your voice! Sign it now!

    9. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Madeline Estin BOULDER, CO
      • 1 day ago

      The river and canyon are sacred and should not be ruined!,

    • Ronald Lineberry ESCONDIDO, CA
      • 4 days ago

      This is a sacred site to my people.

    • Emily Geery SANTA FE, NM
      • 5 days ago

      Because we need to protect the Grand Canyon, the crown jewel of the National Park system, from being developed. It's absolutely beautiful in its natural state. We do NOT need this type of development that will forever change the landscape and experience of the Grand Canyon.

    • Ryan Weiss SANTA FE, NM
      • 5 days ago

      As a professional in the land use planning and water resources industry, and on a personal level as a private boater having rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, I believe development in the Grand Canyon is contrary to ideals and principles valued by the American people. I would like to hike and raft the Canyon again with my daughter when she is old enough, so she too can experience the wonder and sense of place, without being distracted by the vulgarity of the greedy few, who are proposing to desecrate the Grand Canyon for private gain.

    • James Starkey TEMPLETON, MA
      • 6 days ago

      This is sacred ground and does noit need an amusement park!!!!!


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