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Galice Miners Will Do Battle With Bureau Of Land Management

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The following comes from the Galice Miners website. The Sugar Pine Mine is a part of this Association, and is fighting the battle against the BLM with them. There is a donate button, for those willing to help them out financially, at the top of the page, and another at the bottom of the page. We encourage you to help. As you will see, this fight could help miners everywhere, and force the BLM to live within its legal framework. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor


There have been many questions about rumors of a battle brewing between the Bureau of Land Management and several miners within the Galice Mining District. While we cannot yet divulge any fine details (and ultimately must keep legal tactics completely private), at this time, we can confirm the following:

1. BLM recently (3/18/15) issued two Stop Orders on a mine, citing authority under their 3809 regulations, despite the fact that this is one of the oldest active claims in the country. The location date of this mine is so old that one of the location notices (the legal title to the mine) was actually first recorded in the original Galice Mining District Recorder’s book in 1876 and then later transcribed into the Josephine County Clerk’s records once the county assumed recording duties. Under the 1955 Surface Resources Act, claims of this age have exclusive surface rights unless the Department of Interior utilized a mechanism outlined in that Act to severe those surface rights. Demands to BLM to produce evidence of their surface authority in accordance to the 1955 Act have thus far garnered only “because we say so” answers and numerous stonewalling tactics. The Stop Orders came after several months of back and forth maneuvering from both sides, and are clearly retaliatory in nature.

2. BLM are in active violation, on multiple counts, of federal Freedom of Information Act statutes. (By contrast, certain mine records in the possession of the State of Oregon have been provided in a prompt and professional fashion when requested). Similar documents secured by another miner have appeared to have been “heavily parsed” of key file documents, raising suspicion that BLM is either actively suppressing the release of documents that could be very damning or has been actively destroying documents which they are obligated under Federal Law to maintain and provide on request. One of the BLM employees suspected of parsing the records in question has apparently left BLM in the last few days.

3. What few documents have been produced by BLM to date (many of which are in no way very legible) have displayed a long history of non-compliance with federal and state laws, as well as their own regulations, as well as instances of suspected forgery, fraud, extortion of real estate and other issues that suggest a well organized conspiracy that divested thousands of miners and others of their property rights, which in turn has allowed the BLM and the USFS to exercise ruthless control over the entire Public Domain of the Far West, including rights of ingress and egress.

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Shorty Dawkins



  1. Why don’t you focus on who owns the blm? They may be an agency of the UN and likely have no jurisdiction period over anyone and are commuting fraud and a host of other crimes. Heck even the us corporate gv may in fact be limited to DC and a few other places and are only able to project power they do not have by sending men with guns.

    1. I did International radio for years, served over 35 years In the military and worked for a brief time for two Alphabet Soup agencies. One of them tried to say they were domiciled in the USA. They are not! I am still out here Listeners and former supporters! Now that Veteran, a nurse, a Teacher and Mother and Grandmother. I will not fade away. These “government” thugs are more interested in their Pensions, tenures then they are in their Country or your human rights!

  2. I was under the bridge at the Bundy standoff on April 12 last, I’ll be in OR in advance of this one too… standing up for my grandkids Freedoms!

    1. I was there too Bob, standing a few feet away from Ammon when he told that BLM goon to get out. Just got back from the one year anniversary shindig over there. The Galice Miners are trying to get an injunction to stop BLM until the court process is done. If they get the injunction, the threat of BLM attacking the Sugar Pine Mine any time soon will be removed. So for the time being I’m just keeping a close watch. The Shasta Lantern in Redding is online and is a good source for breaking news.

    2. Bob and Norton, I was there too and I’m on my way up next week from So. Cal. I’m doing it for my grandkids too.

  3. Thought i would read what the oathkeepers had to say… Seriously i don’t think this mining operation has any legal merit. If the title to the mine changed hands then the new owners must comply with existing BLM regulations… It doesn’t matter when the patent was or how old it is… that is COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT. Our church is selling our building… it does not meet firecode which is fine, we were grandfathered in. However, the purchasers must update the building immediately upon purchase with sprinkler systems, direct basement access, etc before the entire building can be occupied. That said you are asking the BLM to provide copies of old documents, titles of other mines… which go back decades, those have to be dug up from archives, scanned and sent, and yeah some of them might not be legible, now i imagine… that that might take some time. This isn’t a friggin google search they are doing. But honestly WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING? We won’t comply with BLM regulations because the BLM doesn’t provide us with data on other mines as soon as we request it? I respect militia groups exercising their rights but how about picking and choosing your fights and exercising that muscle up in your head a bit before going beckoning to the call of every ignorant fool who are convinced “their rights are being violate”. A little information on patented mines for you.

    1. The real problem is that the BLM is an agency not authorized by the US Constitution.

      Then the BLM is under the executive branch with only what authority the US President has assigned of the powers/authority given to the executive branch. That the Separation of Powers is built into our government in many ways such as both the state and federal government are republican in nature and are divided into three branches with separate powers. That the government of the United States is divided into threes also; the states, the general (federal), and the people with their powers listed or referred to within the US Constitution.

      The BLM does not have the LAWFUL authority under our US Constitution for its existence, let alone to make policy, regulations to be used against the people which is assigned to the legislative branch, to our elected officials there. Nor does it have the LAWFUL authority to decide the guilt or innocence of anyone as that is assigned to the judicial branch and MUST go through a jury trial of the people for guilt or innocence to be decided here in the USA.

      The federal government is LIMITED by the US Constitution for the lands that it is *ALLOWED to own, and it is laid out within it in the way they must purchase the land from the states, and for what specific reasons they are ALLOWED to purchase that land.

      The only (doubtful if even that) lawful authority is their Oath to “SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE US CONSTITUTION, taking and KEEPING it; and then only to enforce the laws/regulations/etc that come from the legislators within the legislative branch.

      The federal government is (basically) assigned the powers to deal with foreign affairs and to see that the states trade equally with each other; and the contract that all federal employees – elected, hired, contracted, volunteers – are under.

      The states deal with the issues within the states with each state’s Constitution being the highest LAW of that state – except where it conflicts with the US Constitution, and the contract that all state employees – elected, hired, contracted, volunteers – are under.

      The People are mentioned within the Preamble to the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights – which is mostly outside of the state and federal governments jurisdiction except in specific listed areas, and ONLY under specific listed ways of operation. The Grand Jury is another tool of the people – not under the jurisdiction of any of the three federal branches nor under the jurisdiction of the states.

      Preamble: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

      “We the People of the United States” are to:
      – “establish Justice”
      – “insure domestic Tranquility”
      – “provide for the common defence”
      – “promote the general Welfare”
      – “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”

      The Preamble to the US Constitution says who is responsible for doing certain things within our nation. The state and federal governments are our part of our “tools” to get those things done. As is the Militia of the several states. The people are the enforcement arm that the federal government and each state government is REQUIRED to use.

      Article 2, Section 2: “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, WHEN CALLED INTO THE ACTUAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES”.

      Notice that “of the Army and Navy of the United States” and “of the Militia of the several States” are separated by a comma. They both are required to be “Called” into the “actual service…”, and that calling is done by the US Congress.

      Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers 28: “The militia is a voluntary force not associated or under the control of the States except when called out; [when called into actual service] a permanent or long standing force would be entirely different in make-up and call.”

      George Washington, US general and then the First US President: “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”

      Justice Story, Associate Justice, Supreme Court wrote: “The next amendment is: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
      The importance of this article will scarcely be doubted by any persons, who have duly reflected upon the subject. The militia is the natural defence of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpations of power by rulers. IT IS AGAINST SOUND POLICY FOR A FREE PEOPLE TO KEEP UP LARGE MILITARY ESTABLISHMENTS AND STANDING ARMIES IN TIME OF PEACE, BOTH FROM THE ENORMOUS EXPENSES, WITH WHICH THEY ARE ATTENDED, AND THE FACILE MEANS, WHICH THEY AFFORD TO AMBITIOUS AND UNPRINCIPLED RULERS, TO SUBVERT THE GOVERNMENT, OR TRAMPLE UPON THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE. The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them”.

      Richard Henry Lee: “A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …”

      George Mason, Co-author of the Second Amendment: “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

      Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15: “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel invasions.

      Article 1, Section 8, Clause 16: “To provide for organizing, ARMING, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”.

      The Militia has as its constitutionally assigned duties to:

      — Enforce the US Constitution and all that is in Pursuance thereof (Supreme law) and each state’s Constitution (highest law of the states except where it conflicts with the US Constitution),
      — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
      — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
      — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

      Tench Coxe: “Who are the militia? are they not ourselves. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American… The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”

      You are aware that the powers/authority assigned by the US Constitution to the executive branch are specifically listed within;

      US Constitution, Section 2: “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, WHEN CALLED INTO THE ACTUAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
      He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
      The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.
      Section. 3.
      He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

      Article 4, Section 4: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.”

      *US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 – “To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;”

      That is why the miners rights MUST be protected from those that serve within the BLM.

      1. Really – The FAA was not established in the constitution either, of the FCC or the FDA. You do know that this is 250 years latter and that things do change. But I guess knuckle draggers gotta drag knuckles — go for it, I got popcorn.

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