Nevada cattle rancher has won fight with feds -- for now
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/13/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
For the time being, Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy has appeared to have won his week-long battle with the federal government. His case has spurred nationwide attention, and has garnered protestors rallying for his rights.
Clive Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Bureau of Land Management had previously removed hundreds of his cattle from federal land, saying that they were grazing illegally.
Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870. After one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle, Bundy then threatened a "range war" against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch Web site.
Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!
"I have no contract with the United States government," Bundy said. "I was paying grazing fees for management and that's what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay."
Bundy, according to the federal government "owes the American people in excess of $1 million " in unpaid grazing fees and "refuses to abide by the law of land, despite many opportunities over the last 20 years to do so."
The BLM has since said it would not enforce a court order to remove the cattle and was pulling out of the area.
"Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public," BLM Director Neil Kornze said.
"We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner," he said.
The controversy began April 5, following lengthy court proceedings dating back to 1993, federal officials said. Officers began impounding the first lot of cows last weekend. Bundy responded by inviting supporters onto his land to protest the action.
"It's not about cows, it's about freedom," Utah resident Yonna Winget told reporters.
"People are getting tired of the federal government having unlimited power," Bundy's wife, Carol Bundy told television journalists.
One of Bundy's sons, Dave Bundy, was taken into custody for refusing to disperse and resisting arrest last weekend. Hundreds of other protesters, some venturing from interstate, gathered along the road few miles from Bundy's property in solidarity. Dave Bundy was later released.
A spokesman had told reporters that roughly 300 protesters had assembled for the protest, while a BLM representative estimated there were around 100 people.
"We want a peaceful protest, but we also want our voices heard," Cliven Bundy's sister, Chrisie Marshall Bundy said.
Clashes between demonstrators and authorities took a violent turn last week, with cell phone video showing some being tasered at the site, including Bundy's son, Ammon Bundy. Two other protesters were detained, cited and later released according to the BLM.
Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2018
For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters. That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.
As the years have passed, my sense of loss has not dissipated. It has only changed. As I so often tell grieving family members at ... continue reading
Deacon Keith Fournier: On the Amazon Synod and Admitting Married Men to the Catholic Priesthood Watch
On June 8, 2018, a Press Conference held by the Vatican presented a 23-page preparatory document intended to assist the Catholic Bishops ... continue reading
Catholic elementary school students, regardless of race, sex, or socioeconomic status, have more self-control and self-discipline than ... continue reading
A U.S. appellate court has ruled against a self-described Satanist from Chicago who had filed a lawsuit seeking to remove the motto "In God ... continue reading
While the month of June is marked by LGBT pride events, some Catholic critics have voiced wariness and concern that the events draw people ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Church mediates truce, negotiations between Nicaraguan government and ...
- WhatĂ˘Â€Â™s happening at the border, and what does the ...
- Here are the facts why children are being separated from families at ...
- Daily Readings for Wednesday, June 20, 2018
- Daily Reading for Thursday, June 21st, 2018 HD Video
- St. Vincent Kaun: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, June 20, 2018
- Issues of sexuality and gender loom over synod
- BEHOLD A PALE HORSE: New strain of pandemic flu that kills 4-in-10 discovered HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, June 18th, 2018 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education