On 21 January, rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, spoke at a rally of 200 people in Paradise, Montana, held by the Western Property Owners, restating how they would never recognise the authority of the federal government over Western lands
The rally followed an 8 January decision by US District Judge Gloria Navarro to dismiss federal charges against the Bundys for their role in an April 2014 armed standoff with federal agents on Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch over unpaid grazing lease fees. Hundreds of armed supporters, many of whom were associated with the anti-government Sovereign Citizen Movement (SCM), gathered at Bundy's ranch to demand the return of his cattle, with the federal agents ultimately backing down.
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