No, Ron Paul, Bundy Ranch Is Not Another Wounded Knee
In the blog post Millionaire Mormon Ranchers Always Get their Way, Indians Get Off Your Land!, Native American blogger Ogichidaag compares the U.S. government's reaction to Cliven Bundy & his armed militia to the Dann sisters and their fight for Shoshone land rights:
"Now contrast this with the treatment of Western Shoshone Tribal members Carrie and Mary Dann in 1998 after grazing cattle on land that was rightfully theirs since 1973 the U.S. government ordered them off of their own land. In 2003 Federal agents with back up from local cowboys swept onto the Dann sisters traditional grazing lands in helicopters, on ATVs, and on horseback they confiscated 504 horses that belonged to the Dann sisters. At one point elder Clifford Dann doused himself with gasoline to stop federal agents to no avail. In the end the Federal government hung a 3 million dollar bill around the Dann sisters necks and kept their horses. Mary Dann passed on in 2005 at the age of 82. Carrie is still with us. The Western Shoshone land claim was upheld by the United Nations. The United States refuses to acknowledge the treaty."
In 1979, the U.S. government attempted to legitimize claims to Shoshone land (which encompasses nearly all of Nevada) by paying $26 million to the Department of the Interior for 24 million acres. It should be noted that the Department of the Interior is a branch of the federal government—hence the government paid itself for Shoshone land. In 1985, the Supreme Court ruled that this payment to the Department of the Interior was, in fact, Shoshone acceptance of payment for their land. In 2004, the U.S. attempted to distribute $145 million as payment for Shoshone land in Nevada. Seven of nine of the Western Shoshone tribal councils have refused to accept this payment and are holding fast to their demand the original treaty be honored. In 2006, the same year the U.S. District Court for Nevada dismissed Shoshone claims, United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination found "credible information alleging that the Western Shoshone indigenous people are being denied their traditional rights to land." So, if Cliven Bundy wishes to pay taxes or grazing fees—he should pay it to the Shoshone.
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