Oh, Oregon, say it isn't so. The ongoing property rights battle at the Galice Mining District appears to be yet another sly attempt to push Agenda 21 mandates, rules, and regulations on the Americans and the businesses at which we work and own.
For those of you who are still living blissfully unaware of the looming United Nations plan:
Agenda 21 is a voluntary, non-binding UN action plan which is allegedly focused solely on sustainable development. Adopted by 178 countries in 1992, the plan is based upon a program to abolish poverty and protect “fragile environments” by “properly” managing cities. Some charge the program wants to push all citizens into cities. America is a “signatory” country to Agenda 21.
Because the United Nations Agenda 21 plan is a non-binding statement and not a treaty, a vote on the matter was deemed unnecessary. In the United States, more than 500 cities are members of an international sustainability organization that reportedly supports the implementation of the United Nations biodiversity program.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) made national headlines and sparked massive controversy last year when the battle at the Bundy Ranch played out on our television screens. The Cliven Bundy incident was just one of multiple heavy-handed BLM actions which caused revolt among property owners and concerned citizens in 2014.
The Galice Mining District near Grants Pass, Oregon is shaping up for a battle with the all-powerful federal agency. Approximately 52 percent of the land in the West is owned by the federal government and "managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
A land dispute between the residents of Josephine County near Galice Creek and BLM officials has been brewing for several years. The issue is about to come to a head. The Bureau of Land Management has ordered Galice Mining District miners to cease and desist all operations and remove all equipment from their lawful claims by April 25. The majority of the mining claim holders have refused to budge and have called in the Oath Keepers and militia groups members to help them hold their ground.
Although though preppers, ranchers, farmers, Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Tea Party members, Republicans, and all other manners of Declaration of Independence loving conservatives are overwhelmingly opposed to Agenda 21, there are also many Americans (liberals of course) who support the United Nations bio-diversity plan and think it would be just fine and dandy if all its many aspects are implemented ASAP.
"Agenda 21 explains that population, consumption and technology are the primary driving forces of environmental change. It lays out what needs to be done to reduce wasteful and inefficient consumption patterns in some parts of the world while encouraging increased but sustainable development in others. It offers policies and programs to achieve a sustainable balance between consumption, population and the Earth’s life-supporting capacity. It describes some of technologies and techniques that need to be developed to provide for human needs while carefully managing natural resources.
Agenda 21 provides options for combating degradation of the land, air and water, conserving forests and the diversity of species of life. It deals with poverty and excessive consumption, health and education, cities and farmers. There are roles for everyone: governments, business people, trade unions, scientists, teachers, indigenous people, women, youth and children. Agenda 21 does not shun business. It says that sustainable development is the way to reverse both poverty and environmental destruction."
The Galice Creek claims held by the miners predate the establishment of the BLM and its ever-changing regulations, a point the miners have readily used to bolster their position in the legal debate. The BLM maintains the claims are outdated, and that the land ownership has changed hands over the years, which cancelled out the “grandfather clause” process – even though such land claim transfers were conducted legally. Bureau of Land Management officials have told the miners have to “tone down” their gold mining operations and to “stay in line” with the most recent round of regulations.
The Galice Mining District has been in operation since the 1870s and is regarded as one of the longest running such operations in the United States. The BLM reportedly claims that the Galice miners have no surface mineral rights to the area. The order to remove all persons and property from the Oregon mining district was reportedly levied by the Bureau of Land Management without a proper court proceeding. The matter is not even scheduled for a heading until December, according to members of the Galice Mining District.
The owners of the Sugar Pine Mining claim posted a nationwide call for assistance from Oath Keepers and similar groups. The Sugar Pine Mining claim is a part of the Galice Mining District.
Excerpt from the Sugar Pine Mining Claim request reads:
“If you are a true Militia, true III%, Oathkeeper etc. then you are needed. If you can get away from home to help, NOW IS THE TIME,” says the alert issued by Chris Langer, a firearms instructor and barbecue restaurant owner from Wisconsin. “Just like Bundy ranch, the BLM is out of order! SHUT DOWN THE FOREIGN CORPORATION NOW! The miners need you!!”
The Josephine County mines have reportedly produced more than 10 million ounces of gold since panning in the region began. Geologists estimate that only about 10 percent of the gold which exists in the Galice yet has been removed – a fact which further entices Galice Mining District claim holders to fight for their land.
BLM spokesperson Jim Whittington had this to say about the Galice Mining District fight:
“We’ve sent them those letters. They also have the right to appeal our notice, that it requires either a plan of operation or notice and some informal contacts with their lawyer. It sounds like they may appeal. So if they appeal, that starts another administrative appeal process.”
Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel told the media that he has been acting as a “mediator” for the BLM and the Galice Creek miners. The Oregon sheriff told reporters that the only reason he and his deputies would “step in” the conflict would be is the situation escalates and a “public safety” issues arises.
Mary Emerick, a member of Oath Keepers, explained why the group is interested in helping the Galice Mining District claim holders this way:
“Because we are a constitutional group. We defend the Constitution. And we are here just to make sure that they receive their Fifth Amendment right which is due process. Sometimes that’s going to take days or even weeks, and we are preparing for this to potentially last that long.”
Arizona State Militia member Blaine Cooper is among those on his way to Galice Creek in Oregon to land a hand in the BLM stand-off.
“That’s what being an American is all about. We don’t allow our neighbor to be enslaved or beaten or tortured by government jackboots because they want to steal our land and our resources to keep us under their thumb.
Do you think that Agenda 21 is slowly, quietly, and constantly working its way into the fabric of America and putting property rights at risk?