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Interior Secretary Zinke Comes To Bunkerville

“I am also sensitive to our people being out there in remote areas where you have lawless people that are willing to engage law enforcement.”

Zinke Comes To Bunkerville
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (photo credit: Rachel Aston Las Vegas Review-Journal )

Zinke Comes To Bunkerville

by Shari Dovale

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited Bunkerville, Nevada over the weekend and spoke with reporters of his support for the national monuments.

In April, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Secretary to review all monuments since 1996 that included more than 100,000 acres. Zinke visited the Gold Butte and Basin and Range National Monuments as part of his review.

Zinke told reporters that he is an advocate for monuments. “I am an advocate for public access,” he said. Zinke also said that he is in favor of the traditional uses, specifically citing ‘ranching’ as a part of the culture of these monuments.

Additionally, Zinke discussed his interpretation of the Antiquities Act, including the fact that monuments must be on Federal property, not state or private property.

His review has focused on 27 monuments out of over 200 in the country.

As part of his process, he spoke of talking to all parties involved, from the Governor, the Congressional Representatives and local officials, to the tribes and advocates for the monuments.

However, he did not talk to some of the people that this monument is directly affecting. He did not talk to Carol Bundy. Carol is the wife of rancher Cliven Bundy, who is currently incarcerated pending trial for what is referred to as the “Bunkerville Standoff” of April 2014.

Mrs. Bundy spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Sunday and said she was disappointed Zinke didn’t meet with her on his way to Gold Butte despite her efforts to reach him through emails, certified letters and phone calls to staff.

We have not received one phone call back,” she said, sitting in the living room of the Bundy ranch house Sunday. “We feel like we’re forgotten. Yet my husband and four of our sons, a total of 19 men, sit in prison under the guise of charges of the Department of Interior, which Mr. Zinke is in control over, and they have committed no crime.

Zinke was asked by the Las Vegas Review-Journal if the Interior Department plans to round up Bundy’s stray cattle from the Gold Butte monument, Zinke said: “I’m not going to address that issue.”

He did address the law enforcement side of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and how he would like to change the image of his department.

We should be the happy department,” he said. “When you see a BLM truck you should think land manager and not law enforcement, which we work with through our local sheriffs.”

Zinke then went on to clarify more of his thoughts. “There’s a lot of public land out there, that things are going on that they shouldn’t,” he said. “I am also sensitive to our people being out there in remote areas where you have lawless people that are willing to engage law enforcement.” Continuing, Zinke said, “So we have to make sure that our law enforcement officers can defend themselves, protect themselves.”

Politics can be a tricky thing for many people, but the former Congressman has learned these lessons well. He did not publicly address the Bundy trials, therefore he publicly did not take sides. However, like the recent statements by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he made his views quite clear.


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11 Comments on Interior Secretary Zinke Comes To Bunkerville

  1. Zinke! You WILL address it, trust me! We the People have just about had our fill of you and people like you!

  2. “I am also sensitive to our people being out there in remote areas where you have lawless people that are willing to engage law enforcement.”

    It is the other way around you Constitution free zone moron! We see more and more where trump stands on the trampled Constitution!

  3. Sounds as though Zinke is just another government shill. Only interested in government power over its citizens (aka government slaves). It’s a shame Trump can’t appoint better people, and I’m a Trump supporter, so don’t say it lightly.

  4. We had Zinke on our radio program as a congressman and asked him why congress would not go after Obama for for his criminal and treasonous activity and his response was “Obama’s approval rating was better than congress”. Well, beside the fact any and all polls about Obama were fake. This is why we should put NO faith in congressman be they regular Joe’s or of those with earned distinction. Even Navy Seals go off the reservation after drinking Patomic swill. Zinke cannot be trusted.

  5. Trump needs to be alerted that his second choice for this position (Dept. of the Int.) is equally as bad as was his first choice…maybe even a bit worse! But how would Trump know when these schmoozers are lying right to his face about their intentions?
    Maybe we need to step up contact with Trump to let him know another lying RINO needs to be replaced asap….and not by his first choice either, as she is an anti-Trump, die hard RINO as well.

  6. Let your congressional representatives know you want them to bring this issue before the President and how this representative refuses to get involved. Also let them know if they refuse to take this issue up that the next time their name appears on a ballot you will not be voting for them. And will be campaigning against them.

  7. Lawless? That is the pot calling kettle black.

    Does that chart look like the Federal Government is obeying the law concerning Revenues and Outlays? It looks like the Federal Government is comprised of delusional power hungry money grubbing fiends.

    “There’s a lot of public land out there, that things are going on that they shouldn’t,” ….whoo, that is rich. A man far out in the wilderness kills an antelope to eat…and all of a sudden the whole evil eye of the Federal Government comes to bear on him.

    But really, this is so patently trite, one of the major themes of “The Cato Letters” circa 1720, which was also the most quoted source in colonial newspapers, was that the big criminals, who caused the South Seas Bubble and destroyed thousands and thousands of peoples savings and really brought Britain to its knees, got away scot free…while some one stealing a loaf of bread was dealt very harshly with.

    Lawless? LAWLESS!? Have you no decency, Zinke?

    • Further, fiscal lawlessness was the reason for James Otis’s “A Vindication of the Conduct of the House of Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay” written in 1762. ( )

      John Adams said that short piece of work started the whole chain of events leading to the American Revolution.

      And really is over petty cash, the Governor spent money out of session and without approval to outfit privateers to counter the rumors of a French Pirate attacking New England ships on the outer banks fisheries. (There was no French Pirate…so this is pertinent on more than one front…as in “Those who would trade a little liberty for security deserve neither.”)

      Otis’s objection was..if the Governor would ignore the law which said the House of Representatives had to approve of ALL expenditures and ALL taxation..even over such a small thing…what precedence would be established and how much easier to take liberty with the laws over large matters?

      So, look at this chart again:

      What would James Otis say?

      Lawless? LAWLESS!? Oh God, who are these walking talking macro-cephalic sycophants who think accurate scales, historical and current, do not exist?

  8. The complete exclusion and ignoring of the Bundy side of the issue while completely considering the Native American side of the issue is reprehensible and indefensible

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