In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Clark County District Court, Bundy claimed that former President Barack Obama’s late 2016 establishment of the Gold Butte National Monument, which occurred while the rancher was in federal custody, was “as illegal as it is unlawful” and would preclude him from continuing to function on his land “and destroy the petitioner’s livelihood.”

David Ferrara

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Lifelong Southern Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, recently cleared of federal charges and freed from jail after nearly two years, has turned his sights on state and county government.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Clark County District Court, Bundy claimed that former President Barack Obama’s late 2016 establishment of the Gold Butte National Monument, which occurred while the rancher was in federal custody, was “as illegal as it is unlawful” and would preclude him from continuing to function on his land “and destroy the petitioner’s livelihood.”

Bureau of Land Management officials in Las Vegas postponed discussion of the monument at its meetings this month until the Trump administration decides on possible changes to the Obama-era land designation.

“Recognizing that the land is not owned by the United States of America, (Bundy) has avoided erroneously giving money to an entity which does not actually own the land and has been careful not to give money erroneously to a stranger to the land,” according to the rancher’s lawsuit. “Thus, there is an actual, significant legal controversy of great consequence not only to petitioner in terms of as to whom has ownership and jurisdiction of the land but to People of Nevada and Clark county, the rightful owners of Nevada land.”

The complaint was filed by attorney Kelsey Bernstein of Las Vegas and Larry Klayman, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who was blocked from joining Bundy’s criminal defense team by U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro.

Earlier this month, just days after Navarro dismissed charges against Bundy, two of his sons and another man, the 71-year-old stood outside Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, suggesting that, within Clark County, Sheriff Joe Lombardo was more powerful than the president. Bundy called upon the sheriff to defend him.

Bundy’s lawsuit, which seeks a declaration that public lands in the state are owned by the residents, reflects the sentiment.

“The current leaders and government officials of the the State of Nevada and its subdivision, Clark County, refuse to defend its or the People’s rights to all lands within Nevada’s and Clark County’s borders,” reads the complaint, which does not directly name any county or state officials.

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Comments

  1. I thought Wayne Hage suit against BLM set a presedence in favor of the people grazing and being “stewards of the lands” owned by the people of the United States of America. BLM is a intrusive regulator agency that the government put into place to begin taking land from “We the People” and giving it to our corrupt communistic government that would a running our Country. They are slowly taking over the Country rendering the people powerless. It is in our constitution that we have the right to stand against our government should it become dangerously overpowering of the people. Well we have let it go to long, our government has become a “Freight Train” out of control, taking down and killing anyone in its path,

  2. It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
    Samuel Adams

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