GCPBA has been reporting on the intent of the Hualapai Nation to require Grand Canyon river runners buy permits to be on land along the left side of the Colorado River from river miles 164.5 to 287. The Hualapai claim the land as theirs. The National Park Service disputes that claim.
Read about it here: Hualapai Land & River Access Permits Followup
The NPS has a different interpretation of the location of the boundary between U.S. and Hualapai land, claiming the boundary is at the historic high water mark from before Glen Canyon Dam was built.
We have been in contact with the Hualapai, and with Grand Canyon National Park, about their plans to require permits for camping and hiking in that area and to issue citations from July 9 to 13 to river runners who access that land without a Hualapai permit.
Today, July 3, we received the following email from the NPS:
"The Hualapai Tribe has recently issued a public notice regarding its requirements for a Hualapai River Access Permit to allow hiking or camping on Hualapai Tribal lands while on a river trip through Grand Canyon National Park. The Tribe has also announced its intention to conduct patrols related to these permit requirements.
"The NPS supports the Hualapai Tribe's authority to enforce its boundary and manage its tribal lands above the historic high water mark. However, the NPS maintains its position that below the high water mark is National Park Service land.
"We are in communication with the Hualapai Tribe on this issue."
Fourteen minutes later, this email arrived from the NPS:
"The Hualapai Tribe just informed us that they would not be doing any permit checks the week of July 9th."
There was no comment regarding the boundary dispute. It remains an issue for future resolution.
GCPBA appreciates the communication between the NPS and the Hualapai Nation to discuss and work out the issues of the land boundary and Hualapai land access permits. We will continue to discuss this with GCNP.