(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–The family of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy says it will seek legal assistance in his dispute with the federal government over grazing land.
The longtime dispute with federal authorities over grazing fees and protected lands led to a confrontation between armed supporters of Bundy and BLM officials last month. Authorities backed away, aborting a roundup of Bundy’s cattle. BLM’s top official said this week the agency would continue to pursue Bundy through legal means. The government says Bundy has failed to pay fees and fines for about 20 years and owes the government in excess of $1 million.
Bundy says he does not recognize the federal government, or federal authority on Nevada land.
In a Facebook posting Wednesday, the family states:” Until recently, legal action has shown no benefit to this cause. The second, is time based, the people expected (Clark County) Sheriff Gillespie and Governor Sandoval to take action. We felt it was important to give them ample time to do what is right, time enough to start investigating the crimes that were committed upon their constituents….Our governor and sheriff should have been our heroes, but yet they remain corrupted.”
The Bundy family says it has been offered legal assistance from a variety of sources during the latest standoff, but has declined the offers until now. The family statement continues, ” With a sense of sadness and duty we announce that we are assembling a team of legal advisers and will be seeking the wisest action in assisting the PEOPLE in re-establishing individual protection through government. Our action will not be for the benefit of person or family. Any action taken will be an effort to protect individual rights and to restore the principles of the Constitution”