SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Las Vegas developer has been bounced between tribal and federal court in an effort to protect his financial interest in the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
On Friday, David Jin's attorneys will argue before the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that the Hualapai (WAHL'-uh-peye) tribal court system hasn't given Jin a fair shot and that he shouldn't have to fight his legal battles there.
The tribe denies those allegations and will urge the San Francisco court to uphold a ruling that says Jin first must exhaust remedies in tribal court.
The western Arizona tribe says that Jin allowed the contract to be governed by Hualapai law when he signed it in 2003.
The tribe has since taken over management of the Skywalk from Jin.