In areas designated national monuments, productive activities are heavily restricted or even banned. These are precisely the sorts of restrictions that federal agencies have been prevented from imposing through traditional means. Grinding westerners under the federal boot The national monument…

"The most common complaint I hear from locally elected officials in my district is that they are rarely consulted, rarely respected and often bypassed by federal land managers in the decisions that directly affect their communities and their local economies."…

The Bundy brothers and their friends, including radio host Pete Santilli and a number of women, became known as ‘domestic terrorists,’ ‘welfare ranchers,’ ‘armed militants,’ ‘armed occupiers,’ ‘an armed militia,’ ‘sovereign citizens,’ ‘anti-government extremists,’ and worse, having been defined by…

The physical confrontations heated up when the DAPL crews started coming into the area with bulldozers, moving topsoil, heading toward the river. One rancher has reported missing, killed or maimed livestock, but investigations are incomplete. Protesters put ranchers on edge…