“My family has preemptive, adjudicated livestock water rights filed with the state of Nevada. They were established in 1877 when the first pioneers entered the valley. Among those first pioneers were my grandparents from my mother’s side. My father either bought or inherited his Nevada state livestock water rights and I, in turn, have done the same.” — Clivern Bundy
Look, I’m not going to waste too many keystrokes on this one. After all, I’ve said my peace on Clivern Bundy and his right-wing redneck gun-toting supporters (read here). My blog brother Mike Caccioppoli himself has said enough as well; and yes, those militia assholes are terrorists (read here). Having said that, there’s really no more to this argument — yes, after this it should be a done deal. Why? Because the truth is finally out, and Clivern Buindy is a fucking liar.
According to a report by a local Las Vegas CBS affiliate, records show that Bundy’s claim of having “ancestral rights” to government land are false. You see, as I mentioned earlier, Bundy claims to have rights to the land his cattle grazes on and as a result, he’s exempt from paying the federal government grazing fees. As you know, recently there was a huge standoof between Bundy, his minions, asand the Bureau of Labor Management. Bundy hasn’t paid his fees in twenty-years and has lost every court battle disputing whether he owes the feds about $1 million. But as the report shows, Bundy’s relatives didn’t have cattle grazing on he land in question until 1054 and not in the late nineteenth century as he claims.
“I’ve lived my lifetime here. My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley here ever since 1877. All these rights that I claim, have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and the water and the access and range improvements,” Bundy said.
[…] Clark County property records show Cliven Bundy’s parents bought the 160 acre ranch in 1948 from Raoul and Ruth Leavitt.
Water rights were transferred too, but only to the ranch, not the federally managed land surrounding it. Court records show Bundy family cattle didn’t start grazing on that land until 1954.
The Bureau of Land Management was created 1946, the same year Cliven was born.
“My rights are before the BLM even existed, but my rights are created by beneficial use. Beneficial use means we created the forage and the water from the time the very first pioneers come here,” Bundy said.
Early census records show Cliven’s maternal grandmother, Christena Jensen, was born in Nevada in 1901 (other records show she was born in 1891 as Abigail Christina Abbott).
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Seriously, he hasn’t paid his fees since 1993. This would mean that before accumulating a one million dollar bill with the BLM, Bundy paid fees prior to 1993. Now ask yourself: If he had “ancestral rights” to the land like he claims, why then would he have paid fees prior to 1993? Okay, don’t rack your brain too much trying to come up with an argument to counter me. Like I said before, this being labeled as a government overreach has more to do with Conservatives hating Barack Obama than anything else.
Census records from 1930 indicate that John was a Mesquite farmer originally from Utah whose parents were from Denmark. Those records state the farm was near Main Street and a bridge over the Virgin River.
Separate records from the website FamilySearch, which is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, indicate that Christena Jensen was born in Nevada in 1901 and that Bodel Jensen was born in Nevada in 1924. Christena Jensen’s parents originally were from Utah. This is the side of the family where Cliven Bundy claims long-standing livestock water rights.
Federal grazing districts were established with passage by Congress of the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934. The Las Vegas area grazing district was established Nov. 3, 1936. The Bureau of Land Management was formed in 1946, the year Cliven Bundy was born.
County records show the earliest construction on Bundy’s ranch was in 1951. The land is zoned rural open land. Since 1994 the ranch has been jointly owned by the David A. and Bodel Bundy Trust and the Bundy Revocable Trust.
Census records show that Cliven Bundy’s paternal great-grandfather, Illinois native Abraham Bundy, lived in Littlefield Village in Mohave County, Ariz., as early as 1900. Abraham Bundy was credited in 1916 with establishment in Mohave County of Bundyville, otherwise known as Mt. Trumbull, according to a history of the Arizona Strip on the Northern Arizona University website. (source)