R-CALF letter concerning Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his family

April 10, 2014

The Honorable Sally Jewell

Secretary of the Interior

Department of the Interior

1849 C Street, N.W.

Washington DC 20240

Dear Secretary Jewell:

The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF

USA) respectfully urges you to immediately direct your agency to cease its current efforts to

confiscate cattle owned by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his family. It is our understanding

that your agency has initiated an armed confrontation against the Bundys to confiscate their

cattle. It is also our understanding that the cattle your agency intends to confiscate are cattle that

the Bundys continue to run on lands that the Bundy family had lawfully grazed for decades;

lands to which they have considerable rights regarding access to stockwater and forage; and

lands upon which they likely have made improvements.

R-CALF USA is deeply concerned regarding your agency’s wanton display of

intimidation against a Nevada rancher and believes your agency’s initiation of an armed

confrontation with which to send your political message is beneath any semblance of prudence or

justice. While R-CALF USA makes no judgment regarding the purported non-payment of

grazing fees as we do not have all the facts, the global spectacle you have created raises serious

questions regarding whether the Bundys’ have been accorded due process and whether your

agency is in compliance with the laws of Nevada, including Nevada’s brand inspection laws.

R-CALF USA is the largest producer-only trade association representing the U.S. cattle

industry and we have long believed that your agency is working contrary to Congress’ intent by

depriving cattle ranchers in western states of water and grazing rights they acquired pursuant to

U.S. statutes and that have been substantiated through court decisions. The alarming exodus of

independent cattle ranchers in western states, particularly Nevada, provides evidence of your

agency’s untoward actions.

We urge you to immediately cease your ongoing, armed confrontation against the

Bundys. Please let us know how we might help to resolve this matter in a manner that does not

entail the infringement of the Bundys’ considerable rights to not be forced out of business by the

federal government.


Bill Bullard, CEO