Oregon Malheur Wildlife Refuge Occupation

OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

  • The occupiers are of the religion L.D.S. (IE. Mormon) who are well known for their non-criminal and peaceful nature.  While their religious headquarters do not endorse their armed occupation they remain active in the church.
  • The occupational protest was ignited by two ranchers (Hammond’s) who were prosecuted, sentenced and then later re-sentenced; upon charges of a back-burn used to save their ranch and home from an on-coming wildfire that burned into federal land.
  • The demands of the occupying protesters are that federal land be handed over to the state and the Hammond ranchers are released from prison.

LEGALITY BASIS OF THE LAND DEMANDS

  • The protesting occupiers claim federal land ownership for land preservation is not authorized by the U.S. Constitution by any enumerated power (IE. The Constitutional powers granted to the U.S. Government).

WHICH LEADS TO — HOW THE WEST LOST ITS LAND

 

  • The U.S. under trust was to setup the state republic and extenquish those lands back
    to the state.

    • http://www.heritage.org/constitution/#!/articles/4/essays/127/claims“to whom of right belonged the vacant territory appertaining to the crown at the time of the revolution, whether to the states, within whose charter territory it was situated, or to the Union in its federative capacity” was “a subject of long and ardent controversy, and…threatened to disturb the peace, if not to overthrow the government of the Union.” To avert a potential crisis, Madison successfully proposed that the Convention should be “neutral and fair” and “ought to go farther and declare that the claims of particular States also should not be affected.”

 

  • The U.S. failed to extinguish those lands and is now blatantly holding them hostage

 

LEGISLATIVE RESOURCES

State Legislature Requesting land that has passed into State Law
http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=HB2658&Session_ID=114
http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=HCM2005&Session_ID=114
http://le.utah.gov/~2015/bills/static/HB0303.html
http://le.utah.gov/~2015/bills/static/HB0132.html
http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2015/Introduced/SF0056.pdf

State Legislature Requesting land wither passed or failed
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?session=29&bill=HB0115
http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/52leg/1r/bills/hb2321p.htm
http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/52leg/1r/bills/hb2318p.htm
http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=HB2658&Session_ID=114
http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=HCM2005&Session_ID=114
http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=HB2176&Session_ID=114
http://www.statebillinfo.com/bills/bills/15/039_01.pdf
http://www.leg.state.co.us/CLICS/CLICS2015A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3
http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2015/SCR108.htm
http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2015/SCR115.htm
http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2015/S1134.htm
http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2015/H0265.htm
http://leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Reports/history.cfm?ID=890
https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/78th2015/Bill/1764/Overview
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?Chamber=S&LegType=M&LegNo=6&year=15
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?Chamber=H&LegType=B&LegNo=291
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?Chamber=S&LegType=B&LegNo=483
https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/SJM7
https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB3444#
https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HJM13
https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB3240
http://le.utah.gov/~2015/bills/static/HB0303.html
http://le.utah.gov/~2015/bills/static/SB0048.html
http://le.utah.gov/~2015/bills/static/HB0132.html
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5405&year=2015#history
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1192&year=2015
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1262&year=2015
http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2015/Introduced/SF0056.pdf
http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2015/Introduced/HB0209.pdf

NON-LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT OF WEST GETTING THEIR LAND

 

 

 

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