Feds Seizing 116 Miles Of Ranchers’ Land … And Moving Texas-Oklahoma Border
by: Tara Dodrill
April 18, 2014
The Bureau of Land Management may have pulled scores of armed agents away from the Bundy Ranch, but another range war appears to be brewing along the Texas and Oklahoma border.
Texas rancher Tommy Henderson has been dealing with BLM agents for the past 30 years, and he and other ranchers appear to be losing their property rights battle. Although many in elementary school were taught that the border between Texas and Oklahoma is the Red River, the issue is far more complicated than that, according to the BLM and a court ruling handed down when Henderson lost 140 acres of land in a failed lawsuit against the federal agency three decades ago.
BLM is now using the lawsuit ruling as a precedent to seize even more land along a 116-mile stretch of the river, which the agency claims never belonged to Texas in the first place. Ranchers beg to differ.
“They’re wanting to take the boundaries that the courts placed here and extend those east and west to the forks of the river north of Vernon and east to the 98th Meridian which is about 20 miles east of us,” he told Texas Farm Bureau News.
As regulations on our lives increase, it is apparent that we are losing our historic freedoms.