Nevada Standoff: On the Edge of Martial Law

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
By Paul Martin

Bill White
April 15, 2014

Federal government overreach has risen to a new high with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) surrounding the ranch of Cliven Bundy of Nevada. About 200 federal officers had Bundy and his family in their sights, and rounded up his cattle. This government overreach was ostentatiously based on a desire to protect the desert tortoise, a supposed endangered species.

The fight that reached its climax in the weekend started twenty years ago, when the BLM designated 600,000 acres of Bundy’s ranch as federal lands. While land ownership for ranches has historically been a little vague, Bundy’s family has had the rights to this land for over 100 years. In fact, they were ranching on it long before the BLM came into existence.

While the BLM seized the ranchland, they allowed Bundy to continue using it, as long as he paid a “maintenance fee” to defray costs of maintaining roads and other infrastructure in the land. When the government stopped the maintenance, Bundy did it himself; using the money he would otherwise have paid the government. He offered to pay that money to the county that his ranch is in, just to keep everything legal. He has battled against the BLM for twenty years, in order to keep his family ranch intact.

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