Everything you need to know about Cliven Bundy

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CURATED BY Andrew Prokop

2014-08-14 16:01:08 -0400

  1. How did the government get into an armed standoff with a Nevada rancher?
  2. What's the background of the dispute between Bundy and the government?
  3. What exactly happened in the standoff between Bundy and the government?
  4. Why did Harry Reid call the Nevada rancher a domestic terrorist?
  5. What did Cliven Bundy say about "the Negro"?
  6. Cliven Bundy: If blacks are offended by me, MLK failed
  7. How much land does the federal government own?
  8. Why does the federal government own so much western land?
  9. What is the Bureau of Land Management?
  10. You didn't answer my question!
  11. How have these cards changed?
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    How did the government get into an armed standoff with a Nevada rancher?

  2. Card 2 of 11

    What's the background of the dispute between Bundy and the government?

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    What exactly happened in the standoff between Bundy and the government?

    On Saturday, April 5, the Bureau of Land Management began confiscating the cattle Cliven Bundy had grazing on federal land. The BLM did so under authority given by a Nevada federal district court judge, and it planned to auction off the cattle later on. To carry out the operation, the BLM brought in armed federal agents and private contractors, and closed down much of the federal land in the area, restricting entry:

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    The BLM closed down land so it could round up Bundy's cattle. George Frey/Getty Images

    Over a hundred cattle were confiscated that first weekend, and Bundy's son Dave was arrested for refusing to leave the temporarily closed federal lands. So Sunday night, Bundy posted a message on the Bundy Ranch website: "They have my cattle and now they have one of my boys. Range War begins tomorrow."

    Protesters assembled over the next few days, and confrontations between Bundy's supporters and the BLM began to grow more heated. On Wednesday, April 9, another Bundy son, Ammon, kicked one of the government's dogs, and was then tased three times by BLM officers. You can see video from that day below:


    As the week went on, out-of-state groups, including some with militia ties, arrived to support Bundy. Several of Bundy's supporters were armed (as were many federal agents). CNN has video of a tense moment here.

    Finally, on Saturday, April 12, the BLM caved, calling off the operation out of "grave concern about the safety of employees and members of the public," according to a statement. The 400 or so cattle the bureau had confiscated so far were returned to Bundy. The BLM reiterated that Bundy owed $1 million to the government, and said it would continue to "work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially."

  4. Card 4 of 11

    Why did Harry Reid call the Nevada rancher a domestic terrorist?

  5. Card 5 of 11

    What did Cliven Bundy say about "the Negro"?

  6. Card 6 of 11

    Cliven Bundy: If blacks are offended by me, MLK failed

  7. Card 7 of 11

    How much land does the federal government own?

  8. Card 8 of 11

    Why does the federal government own so much western land?

  9. Card 9 of 11

    What is the Bureau of Land Management?

  10. Card 10 of 11

    You didn't answer my question!

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    How have these cards changed?

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