Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick is asking federal officials to help an Arizona American Indian tribe with plans to build a "bypass" road to the Grand Canyon Skywalk amid an ongoing dispute with a rancher.
The Arizona Democrat wrote the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday and asked the agency to expedite a permit application for the planned bypass to Hualapai lands. The tribe owns the Skywalk.
The letter comes as rancher Nigel Turner, who owns a tourist ranch along Diamond Bar Road, and authorities remain at odds over paving the road to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Turner wants to review plans and have them include fencing, cattle guards, and entrances to his property.
The tribe wants to create a temporary dirt roadway that bypasses a checkpoint on Turner's private road.