Skip to comments.Nevada rancher and former Shoshone chief's range war with BLM predates Bundy standoff
Posted on 04/24/2014 4:37:53 PM PDT by kingattax
Long before Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd.
Adding to that, since 2008 they've taken his money as well -- in the form of a piece of his Social Security checks.
Yowell's 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- the same agency at odds with Bundy -- seized them.
The federal agency sold the cattle at auction and used the proceeds to pay off the portion of back grazing fees it claimed Yowell owed. Once the cattle was sold, the agency sent Yowell a bill for the outstanding balance, some $180,000.
They've been garnishing his monthly Social Security checks since 2008 to satisfy the debt Yowell says he does not owe.
"Theres a definite pattern in the West, beginning in the 1990s, maybe in the late '80s, of what I feel are illegal cattle seizures," Yowell said. "[Bundy's case] is the latest example of that pattern.
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youre welcome SC
The race card is offensive to me, and so is political correctness. Done, done, and done with it. We have a right to free speech.
Negro was a proper term for Blacks when I was a kid and I think Bundy is older than I am. As far as picking cotton being racist, many whites picked cotton it was not just a Black thing.
Bundy’s point that Blacks that are on assistance are still in slavery with a new master- the government- and still have no real freedom is dead on.
Could he have chosen better words? Sure, but that doesn’t mean he is racist.
It takes some brass ones to hassle a former chief of an Indian tribe that the Feds tried to exterminate.
The FedMob doesn’t need brass ones. They have the reins of power and tons of HE.
Here’s an interesting link to the Powell matter:
From that article, here’s an example on how the government works in these matters:
“After the ICC decision, the U.S. offered money in exchange for Western Shoshone title. When they refused to accept the money, the U.S. took the extraordinary step of accepting it on their behalf, claiming to be their “trustee.”
As well as the Supreme Court (posted elsewhere):
A Wyoming rancher fought the BLM over an easement on property he had bought. Finally, having had enough of their tactics, he sued the BLM under the RICO act.
From a 2007 LA Times article: [my emphasis]
"All the justices gave a thumbs-down to Robbins' claim under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO.
On that issue, Robbins claimed that the BLM employees violated the Hobbs Act, the federal extortion law, which defines extortion as "the obtaining of property from another, with his consent ... under color of official right."
Robbins' claim failed, Souter wrote, because the act "does not apply when the national government is the intended beneficiary of the allegedly extortionate acts."
So, if it is beneficiary to the government, extortion, alleged or not, is OK.
“the act ‘does not apply when the national government is the intended beneficiary of the allegedly extortionate acts.’”
Might makes rules.
Yep, there it is in unqualified language. The FedMob are our masters and the law doesn’t apply to them unless they say it does subject to their whim of the day.
None the less, the “He did not pay his fees” posse will be along shortly.