Skip to comments.Nevada Tribal Leader, 81, Sues BLM for $30 million
Posted on 04/21/2014 10:26:44 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota
The federal government seized Raymond Yowells cattle all 132 head and hauled them across the state and sold them at auction.
Then the U.S. Bureau of Land Management sent Yowell a bill for $180,000 for back grazing fees and penalties, and later garnished part of his Social Security benefits.
Now, nearly a decade later, the 81-year-old former chief of the Western Shoshone National Council is fighting back. Hes suing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Treasury Department and others for $30 million. Yowell claims the government violated his constitutional rights, broke an 1863 treaty and saddled him with a debt that he doesnt owe.
Theres no other way, said Yowell, a member of the Te-Moak Band of Western Shoshone, who still works a small cattle ranch with his son in northeast Nevadas high desert.
I kept writing letters to them saying I didnt have a debt with them, that I never signed a contract, he told The Associated Press. But they just ignored it. Theres no use talking to them.
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I Thought the article interesting in light of recent developments involving the BLM in Nevada.
Does anyone know how this ended?
Is this the final judgement?
“... garnished part of his Social Security benefits.”
I did not know the BLM had that power? Does the IRS even have that kind of power?
Funny how this story is playing out like various John Wayne movies
First I saw the Bundy Ranch story as being like the movie “El Dorado”..the crooked land grab by powerful interests.
Now I see “McClintock”.the Cowboys and Indians joining forces again an out of control Fed..
I think the Chief needs to launch a few flaming arrows into the butts of the BLM leadership.
That petition looks like a US Supreme Court filing, arguing a decision against him by the 9th Circus. The good news for him would seem to be that (a) he lost in the 9th Circuit, and (b) their logic is - as usual - in conflict with precedent.
There’s a fair chance that SCOTUS could take this case to resolve the overlapping precedents. But if I’m reading the petition correctly (I’m no lawyer), he’s merely asking for a reasonable day in court (i.e., due process) - so this is far from being close to a conclusion... unless SCOTUS turns him down.
It does now - under O"'bummerCare - along with 16,000 new agents - armed. Just one more branch of O'Bummer's "Private Army"
It is my understanding that any kind of retirement CAN NOT be garnished!!!
Just got done watching that movie less than an hour ago.
These days, the cowboys and the indians have more in common with each other than either one has with the fork-tongued devils in the District of Criminals ...
This stealing of land and rights, makes the term ‘The Chickens have come home to roost’ even more valid! Pay back is hell.
Thanks for posting. The bottom line is...it’s about jurisdiction and “time”.
No. He won in the lower court, had the decision reversed by the appeals court, and has filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. Supreme Court hasn't turned it down yet nor have they agreed to hear the case.
That was a very interesting read. Thank you for posting the link. Maybe he should raise it to $50 million!!! BLM = S_O_ BEES
Thanks for posting.