Jin’s spokeswoman, Aimee Romero, scorned the tribal leadership as “a lawless, archaic government” intent on “seizing … a U.S. citizen’s property,” in an article published in Vegas Seven.
“That type of discriminatory language perpetuates the worst stereotypes about the Hualapai culture and all Native American people,” council member Waylon Honga said in a press release. “Mr. Jin has told many lies about our Tribe, but calling an Indian government ‘lawless and archaic’ crosses the line. On behalf of the Hualapai people, I demand an immediate apology by Mr. Jin for these deeply insulting and offensive statements.”
The tribe and Jin are locked in an ongoing dispute over the operation of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the glass-bottom observation deck suspending 4,000 feet above the canyon’s floor and the Colorado River.
According to Romero, a Tribal Council spokesperson has publicly announced that they are considering an eminent domain action to seize Jin’s multi-million dollar management contract.