I might recommend AW and its reps to reconsider linking this petition. While the intention seems fair the author of the petition is not the most nuanced in his writing and is already tapping into some dangerous historical waters:
"This canyon is OURS, regardless of heritage or nationality, because a wonder such as this transcends borders and ownership."
As someone who disagrees with the proposed development and enjoys the relatively untrammeled characteristics of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon I cannot in good conscience support a petition that so blatantly ignores the colonial history of this region. I assume AW and other organizations are capable of participating in the dialog without perpetuating the long history of entitlement to native lands and ignoring tribal agency and stewardship. I assume we can find an approach that is more nuanced.
While some may think this is just semantical I would strongly disagree. The very philosophy the author of the article embodies is one that intentionally and inherently degrades tribal land ownership. There is no way around that and its a completely unnecessary approach to the situation. Those who oppose the development need to work with the tribes and families in the region not call into question their ownership and ability to be stewards in a fashion many of us can agree with. This all the more shame considering there is already a movement within the tribe doing exactly what some of us want.
I highly encourage AW, its reps and this community to not touch this petition with a 10 foot pole. While his intention may be admirable the affect of his words are poisonous and harmful to long term goals and the very allies we need within the region.