Friday, 17 January 2014 19:15

Obama EPA Hands Control Over Wyoming City to Indian Tribes

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In apparent defiance of federal law and U.S. court rulings, unelected bureaucrats at the increasingly out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other Obama administration departments unilaterally purported to grant control over the city of Riverton, Wyoming, to tribal authorities for the Wind River Indian tribes. At least two smaller towns are also affected.

The scheme appears to illustrate a growing United Nations-linked trend being witnessed across the United States and the world. In essence, vast amounts of private land and even entire towns are being taken over by authorities under various pretexts — UN agreements, Agenda 21 "sustainability," and supposed concerns about indigenous peoples — to advance a radical agenda targeting private property rights.

In Wyoming, the deeply controversial executive-branch machinations that purport to place Riverton, Kinnear, and Pavillion inside tribal boundaries have already sparked an outcry among residents and state officials. The battle, however, has only just begun, with Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and his administration vowing to fight back.

“It is outrageous to me that a regulatory agency has proposed changing jurisdictional boundaries established by history and the courts,” Gov. Mead was quoted as saying in news reports. “I have asked the attorney general to challenge this decision and defend the existing boundaries of the reservation.”

Among other major problems, the EPA ruling, made in consultation with the Obama administration’s Department of Interior and the disgraced Justice Department, reportedly makes the city of Riverton ineligible for many state and local services, including law enforcement and emergency response. It also raises numerous concerns over taxation, regulation, and other issues involving jurisdiction.

For now, though, state officials have been instructed by the governor to continue operating as usual while the state government prepares to battle the Obama administration in court if necessary. The implications of the case, of course, extend far beyond the fate of the 10,000 or so residents now supposedly residing on Indian land.

While the boundary dispute has been ongoing for decades, Wyoming officials and experts say Congress settled the question more than a century ago — along with the courts in subsequent rulings. The Obama administration, however, apparently did not agree, handing over more than a million acres to the tribes.

According to an analysis of government documents, the EPA decision stemmed from a request by Wind River Indian tribes to be “treated as a state” under environmental regulatory schemes. Once approved, the ruling allows tribal authorities to receive more federal taxpayer dollars under the guise of implementing and enforcing various EPA regulations. Everything from water and air to land use is involved.

“My deep concern is about an administrative agency of the federal government altering a state’s boundary and going against over 100 years of history and law,” Gov. Mead said in a statement. “This should be a concern to all citizens because, if the EPA can unilaterally take land away from a state, where will it stop?”

The governor also thanked the Wyoming attorney general and his staff for urgently preparing a thorough review of the historical record on the issue. “This analysis shows how flawed the EPA was in its legal justification for its decision,” Mead said, adding that all avenues would be pursued. “The federal government clearly had a predetermined outcome it sought to uphold.”

In a petition to EPA bosses asking the agency to reconsider and stay its decision, Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael said the Obama administration’s scheme depends on “a host of faulty factual and legal conclusions.” The document cites a broad range of statutes, treaties, and court decisions, arguing that the EPA essentially cherry-picked arguments in a manner “more akin to advocacy” to reach a determination that is simply “wrong.”

The attorney general said that the decision would strip the state of its sovereign right to exercise jurisdiction over lands “rightly within its control” and that it must be overturned — or at least delayed until the courts can review it. “A failure to do so will likely lead to civil and criminal jurisdictional turmoil, irreparably harming the public interest,” he warned, echoing widespread concerns.

State lawmakers also spoke out about the EPA scheming and vowed to resist. “This is an alarming action when you have a federal agency step in and start to undo congressional acts that has really been our history for 108 years ... with the stroke of a pen without talking to the biggest groups impacted,” state Sen. Leland Christensen told The Daily Caller. Those affected, of course, “would be the city of Riverton and the state of Wyoming,” the lawmaker added.

Wyoming’s delegation to the U.S. Congress has also expressed deep concerns. “The EPA’s decision has in effect overturned a law that has been governing land and relationships for more than 100 years,” wrote Sen. Mike Enzi, Sen. John Barrasso, and Rep. Cynthia Lummis. “We are also very concerned about the political ramifications this decision could have for the tribes and the state of Wyoming.”

In a separate statement, Sen. Barrasso blasted the Obama administration for again thinking it “can ignore the law of the land when it suits their agenda.” Just this week, in fact, Obama publicly announced that he would no longer wait for Congress or legislation to impose his agenda, vowing to govern by executive decree instead.

Also this month, the EPA, itself created by an executive order, announced drastic new regulations supposedly aimed at reducing “pollution” from power plants in Wyoming, drawing outrage. Nationwide, meanwhile, the out-of-control agency is facing increasing scrutiny after its most highly paid bureaucrat and chief “global warming” propagandist was sentenced to prison for fraud. Its top bosses were also facing multiple accusations of criminal activity.

However, the agency continues to issue gargantuan amounts of new “regulations,” including new schemes that would purport to put virtually every body of water under federal control. Separately, the EPA is under fire for radical new decrees that will shut down hundreds of power plants across America under the guise of fighting “global warming” and “carbon pollution” — also known as CO2, or human breath.

Other arms of the Obama administration are engaged in similar shenanigans. In November, for example, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell brazenly threatened that Obama would bypass Congress and start seizing even more land under the guise of creating “national monuments.” Jewell, who is currently waging a witch-hunt against “climate deniers” in the bureaucracy she runs, vowed that the administration would not “hold its breath forever” waiting for Congress to obey.

“The president will not hesitate,” she told the Los Angeles Times last November. “I can tell you that there are places that are ripe for setting aside, with a tremendous groundswell of public support.” Of course, the U.S. government already claims ownership over some 650 million acres of land — about a third of America’s total landmass.

Members of Congress, however, are fighting back on that front as well. “Any action that has the potential to impact land management must be locally driven, and not spearheaded in Washington by the stroke of a President’s pen,” said Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who joined with dozens of lawmakers in sending Jewell a letter about the scheme. “It is deeply troubling that the Administration is willing to move forward unilaterally on these important decisions.”

Similar machinations have been accelerating in other parts of the world, too — especially Latin America. In Brazil, for example, The New American reported last year that federal troops wearing UN logos, acting under executive decrees from radical President Dilma Rousseff, were evicting entire towns at gun point.

The atrocities were being perpetrated under the guise of returning land to Indians, many of whom said the territory had never been theirs to begin with. In Panama, the UN has also been demanding that authorities surrender more land to Indian tribes — all of which are expected to adhere to planetary decrees under the UN “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

At the UN, of course, a wide range of pretexts are being used to advance an agenda that is deeply and openly hostile to property rights — with Agenda 21 and so-called “sustainable development” among the key mechanisms. The ultimate goals, however, have already been made clear by the UN itself.

In its Habitat I Conference Report, for example, the UN claimed: “[Land] cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes… Public control of land use is therefore indispensable.”

As The New American magazine documented last year, Indians and indigenous people are also becoming an important component of the anti-property rights agenda. In 2012, the UN “Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People,” James Anaya, even claimed that Americans should return vast tracts of land to Native Americans — including the iconic Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

Such a move, he claimed, would help put the U.S. government closer into compliance with the so-called UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples — a controversial scheme that Obama endorsed in 2010 after the U.S. government had originally rejected it. The EPA machinations appear to fit in nicely with the broader agenda.

 

Alex Newman is a correspondent for The New American, covering economics, politics, and more. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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8 comments

  • Comment Link Tionico Friday, 24 January 2014 01:52 posted by Tionico

    Wyoming need to quickly pass legislation nullifying this nonsense, and interposing between the EPA and the People of Wyoming. While they are writing the bill, make sure language is included making any attempts by EPA of any other FedGov agents to enforce this insanity to be a gross misdeameanour, or perhaps even a felony, subject to incarceration.

    Next thing that state need to do is to assure their State Militia or National Guard are prepared and ready to withstand the assault from EPA and other FedGov entities.
    THEN perhaps begin to move through the courts. Since EPA are a FedGoiv agency, it seems the proper place to start would be the SCOTUS, since they have primary jurisdiction over all matters between states, and between states and the federal government.

    Then I'd get some of Wyoming's representatives in Washington Dc to begin working on legislation raining in the EPA, something like subjecting their edicts, orders, rules, pronouncements that have any impact on the people of this nation to the approval of at least one, preferably both, Houses of Congress. Time these charlatan posers are dethroned and again brought to heel. They are NOT above the law, nor do they make law.

  • Comment Link Stephanie Monday, 20 January 2014 14:02 posted by Stephanie

    So, we've gone from our elected officials making laws to allowing non-elected agencies to act as our government???

    Obama is pushing for civil war. It seems there is no end to the methods of his madness.

  • Comment Link Frank M. Pelteson Sunday, 19 January 2014 11:06 posted by Frank M. Pelteson

    Joyce is entirely correct in her assessment of the situation.

    Not to detract, I might add that the boundaries of the Shoshone Nation cover most of California and Nevada. Just think of the havoc that nation could create under this regime!

    Overall, we must realize that this is just one aspect of the CONSPIRACY. How the CONSPIRACY works is shown at http://www.jbs.org/presidents-corner/presidents-corner-february-2011 .

  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Saturday, 18 January 2014 18:41 posted by Heidi Preston

    I have to agree with Rocky.."it is a big coal producing state" and the Native Americans get used all the time. You can trust me when I say this isn't any different we just don't see the shadow play yet. The jest of being an Native American isn't about what you wear, how you sing the old songs ect. but a way of life and that way of life had nothing to do with owning the land..it belonged to everyone, so yes, it is very possible that the Government is using the Native Americans to get to the boarder-less Mexico, Canada and North America agenda through property rights. This is pure speculation on my part but since when did the Government give two hoots for the Native American except when it came to making money for them? We don't get fooled again...

    http://youtu.be/CHiicN0Kg10

  • Comment Link Tony Butler Saturday, 18 January 2014 04:28 posted by Tony Butler

    The UN is engaged in causing national disunity hopefully resulting in conflict that will require external peace keeping forces to intervene.

    This explains what is going on in Europe.

    http://www.whale.to/c/multiculturalism8.html

  • Comment Link Joyce Friday, 17 January 2014 22:46 posted by Joyce

    All the other 49 states had better join Alabama in their state ban of Agenda 21 before it gets worse, because these one world global government, aka the new world order, puppets are not only trying to gain control of every body of water - but every drop of water. Apparently the author of this article wasn't aware of the EPA telling the farmers that they could not collect and store rain water, nor water their crops from their own wells on their own property. The EPA is not the only federal bureaucracy using the fear mongering tactic to threaten and/or sue and take off because they know that most little guys don't have the resources to fight back. However reports are emerging of some who dared to sue them and won the rights to do what they wanted to do own their own property.

    Considering all the lies we have been told been told by the global warming scientist, and other scientists working for the new world order, there soon will be no respect for any scientists anywhere because no one will believe them.

    The UN is just another organization controlled by the new world order puppet masters, and is as corrupt as the rest of the new world order organizations. Look at the backgrounds of the ones positioned on it. Seems that they, like many of our puppets should have been tried for crimes against humanity and imprisoned or executed years ago.

    I agree with the blogger above who called the article racist, but recognize it for what it is, and no disgrace to the author for reporting on the new world order puppets persistent efforts to stir up racial, class, or anti Christian, or other strife trying to get us fighting to kill each other off for them. That way, they would have us do a good bit of their plan of reducing worldwide population by 90% for them.

    Let us keep level heads and realize that it is not us against our fellow citizens, but all of We the People and all the citizens of all the other countries against the one world global government, aka the new world order, for their plans for total control of everything and everyone on Planet Earth would be a dictatorship with NO liberty, NO freedom, and NO justice for anyone, much less all! A dictatorship where everyone's fate is dependent upon the whim of one who considers himself above the law and himself the judge and jury for any individual he decides to have assassinated or drop one of his drones bombs on, or to detain indefinitely in a FEMA camp. Such terrorism is not to be tolerated by the citizens of any country.

  • Comment Link Steve Friday, 17 January 2014 21:31 posted by Steve

    "The New American will not tolerate racist or sexist comments and leaving those will result in being blocked."

    In that case, this entire story should disappear into the ether. It is obvious to anyone with the ability to read English that there is racism being exhibited by this administration in this deal. During his last campaign Obama stated he would reward his allies and punish his enemies, and this maneuver is just what he meant. In the past, including the last several weeks, he has also declared that he wants to redistribute wealth, make this country more "fair", and his administration has been pursuing an agenda of holding people of color harmless by not prosecuting them for federal violations whilst going after Caucasians for offenses against people of other races. There is a big double standard with regard to enforcement of laws and the federal authorities claiming jurisdiction in cases which should be handled at the local level.

    Add all of that to the scandalous events that have occurred on this president's watch, and I am not surprised we are seeing the president act like an emperor or dictator. He acts as if he has no one to answer to and his violations of the powers of his office under The Constitution are over the top!

    This is the most egregious example of high crimes and misdemeanors any US president has ever committed, yet no select committee on impeachment has been convened. We have no Congress, and a White House that runs amok.

    This is no longer America.

  • Comment Link Rocky Friday, 17 January 2014 21:02 posted by Rocky

    If Obama can find a way to do it he will hand the entire state of Wyoming back to the Indians. Wyoming is a Republican state and has been for many years, it is a big coal producing state, The One hates coal. It has a nuclear missile base, that has to go we might fight back. Worst of all, the entire state is armed to the teeth and will fight Obama and his corrupt administration until there is a last man standing ! THAT is why Obama did this !

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