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Operation Big Sky: Protecting Rights Of Miners In Montana


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Please help support the operation to secure the rights of two military veteran miners, George and Phil, of Intermountain Mining in Lincoln, Montana. All Proceeds will be kept separate from other Oath Keeper founds, will be managed by national staff, and will be used for gas money, travel expenses, food, and other logistics for the security volunteers who are assisting these miners. If any donation funds for this operation are left over after the operation concludes, those funds will be used for supplies for responder teams and also community food reserves for the NW states of Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Note, please do not donate here for the legal defense fund and direct support of the miners. The miners are setting up their own donation system, and we need to keep the funds to support the volunteers entirely separate from funds donated to the miners, and Oath Keepers will not be handling any of those funds. As soon as the miners have their donation button up, we will direct you to it.


PRESS RELEASE: Immediate Release

04 August 2015

Pacific Patriot Network – Oath Keepers – III%

Pacific Patriot Network under the leadership of the Oath Keepers has set up a security mission to protect the White Hope Mine and related claims in Lewis & Clark County, MT. The immediate aim of this operation is to act as a buffer between the miners and any unlawful action by the United States Forest Service (USFS).

Mission Statement is as follows:

At the request of Intermountain Mining, owners of the White Hope Mine located in Lewis & Clark County Montana, Pacific Patriots Network, Oath Keepers and III%’s mission is to ensure the mining claim owners 4th & 5th Amendment Constitutional Right’s are not violated and to prevent further unlawful action by the United States Forest Service.

Mining claims established before 1955 fall under the Mining Law of 1872. These claims are Public Domain and are treated as private property. The USFS has no legal standing or precedence for their recent actions, but has taken it upon themselves to require unnecessary permits, enacted stalling techniques, made threats of arson, and strong arm tactics to coax a generation of older miners to submit to unlawful authority, preventing them from working their rightful mining claim. The current claim being threatened has been in constant operation since 1924, therefore is not managed under the 1955 administrative regulation, which requires an operations plan. The claims are lawfully recorded with the miners controlling the surface rights and the resources on the land for use in their mining venture. Claims are not public property. In addition, privately owned gates have been locked into an open position to allow the public access to private claims. The use of fear tactics, harassment and unlawful action by Bill Avey, Helena National Forest Supervisor, will no longer be tolerated.

Intermountain Mining LLC, owned by George Kornec a Korean veteran and Phil Nappo a Vietnam veteran, have served a Notice of No Trespass on the White Hope Mine to the United States Forest Service (USFS), it’s employees, contractors and agents. Owners of the mine and all authorized parties will respond to any unlawful entry to the full extent of the law. Our intention is to run a peaceful security operation. Our position is to protect the rights of these miners thru a open dialogue with the USFS and reach a Legal & Constitutional conclusion.

Jason Van Tatenhove                                                                   Chris McIntire
Oathkeepers                                                                                   Idaho III%
Public Information Officer                                                         Public Information Officer                                        

Security Operation – White Hope Mine, MT

At the request of Intermountain Mining, owners of the White Hope Mine located in Lewis & Clark County Montana, Pacific Patriots Network, Oath Keepers and III%’s mission is to ensure the mining claim owners 4th & 5th Amendment Constitutional Right’s are not violated and to prevent further unlawful action by the United States Forest Service.


This is NOT a standoff with USFS. We are NOT promoting any confrontation with USFS. This is a security operation for the protection of Constitutional Rights. If you have a different agenda outside of the above peaceful mission statement, we don’t want your assistance.

Please DO NOT make any type of threatening phone calls to the local USFS as it undermines our mission, professionalism and is unwarranted.



If you are offering personnel to support the security operations we are requesting the following be emailed to

Number of Personnel
Skill Set
Date of Arrival
Estimated Time of Arrival
Length of Stay

We are requesting a 12 hour and 2 hour notice of your arrival so the staging site will be prepared to receive you and in process you. Please plan your arrival between 0800 to 1900. Please notify us of your anticipated length of stay so that we can schedule personnel rotation most effectively.

Check-In Location

Go to the Three Bears Motel,

Room 4 for orientation and Room 1 for commo.

Lincoln, MT 59639

Personnel Equipment
It is late summer in Montana with wide temperature swings, rain, snow & high winds are possible. Please come self-contained for the duration of your stay. This is a camping situation, so prepare for that.

Wet Weather Gear
Waterproof Boots
Thermal Underwear
First Aid Kit
HAM Radio
Personal Medicines
Sleeping Bag
Food for the duration of your stay
A Camp Cook. You bring one of those along, you’re a hero!


Operation Big Sky – White Hope Mine


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5. The miner has a possessory title, shall have the exclusive right of
possession and enjoyment of all the surface included within the lines of
their locations, and of all veins, lodes, and ledges throughout their entire
depth, the top or apex of which lies inside of such surface lines extended
downward vertically, although such veins, etc. TITLE 30 SEC. 26


Elias Alias

Editor in Chief for Oath Keepers; Unemployed poet; Lover of Nature and Nature's beauty. Slave to all cats. Reading interests include study of hidden history, classical literature. Concerned Constitutional American. Honorably discharged USMC Viet Nam Veteran. Founder, TheMentalMilitia.Net


  1. Please research your laws. Just staking a mining claim does not give you private property rights…if it did everyone would use it to have their own personal paradise in the National Forest or on other public lands, or to block access to public lands like many hobby miners want to do and environmentalists would like to do. Mr. Kornec does not have surface rights. The mine has been operated off and on since 1924, I expect Mr. Kornec wasn’t operating the mine when he was in Korea. He does not have pre-1955 surface rights. He would have had to officially file. Do not degrade a great law, the Mining Law. If you truly are an “oath keeper” research the laws and background.

    1. Must ask — in what State do you reside? Do you know Mr. Kornec? What do you know about this situation, other than your keen interest in watching yet another Federal land grab from we the little people who live on the land? How do you know his family did not work the mine while he served overseas? And even if no one worked it while he went off to war, would you really want to use that against his right to own property? How damn much, in your opinion, does the Federal government want from the people? I live in Montana, and I’d personally like to see every damned Federal agent pulled back out of Montana and sent back into that 10-square mile cesspool at WDC where they belong, and let Montana take care of Montana. Statutes and codes are not necessarily “law” — they must be pursuant to the highest uncontested law of the land, or they are not valid. A whole boatload of Montanans are quite upset with what the Feds are doing to our State. And the Feds can’t seem to take the hint. At a point, the whole “legal” structure comes into question, as it smacks of offenses listed by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. So I’m curious – are you a Montanan? What is your dog in this situation?
      Elias Alias, editor

      1. Anyone that does not understand the 1866 Act, and the US Constitution or the difference between a lode claim and a Placer claim do not have any business engaging in these issues. The rights of the people are under attack and if we don’t stand together we will fall separately.

      2. Thank You And if anyone needs a place to stopover while on the way to Lincoln my place is always open. I live in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana.

      3. This.

        The road and aqueduct portions of the 1866 act are still in force, and the BLM were forbidden in their enabling legislation from interfering with either the 1866 act, or the superseding 1872 act.

        This is all in the USDA Forest Service Employees handbook, last updated during Bush the younger’s admin … the one that is always out of print, and the one the Forest Service wants desperately to change.

        The Notice of Intent nonsense is just that. The Federal Lands Protection Act only governs mineral leases ( petroleum, gas and coal ONLY ), sand and gravel pits, and grandfathered claims in National Parks and Monuments.

        Anyone who signs an NOI for a placer or hard rock claim is voluntarily giving up his rights under the mining acts.

        Once you file a claim, it becomes public domain land ( NOT Public land ) held in trust for the miner by the Secretary of the Interior. The claim includes all non-petroleum/gas subsurface rights, and any surface rights the miner thinks he needs for his operation.

      4. I am a Montanan and agree with you wholeheartedly! We don’t need or want Fed’s here. We take care of our own and don’t need outsiders trying to force their Liberal Fascist agenda down our throats!

      5. Outsiders-like the oath keepers. Liberal Fascist, you might want to check out the definition of those two very different groups.

      6. The OATH KEEPERS, III%, and other groups in Montana are there for one reason only! To uphold and defend the Constitutional Rights of ALL American’s. For some reason some American’s want the Government to take care of them-but “WE THE PEOPLE…” say to this, HELL NO! The enemies of our Constitution are not only foreign entities, but our own federal administration and this current President!
        Before you condemn these true “PATRIOTS”, make sure you are not giving up your own freedom in the process! If the people don’t defend and stand for our Constitution, we will lose our freedoms and our GOD given liberties in this country.

        MOLON LABE

      7. Elias, good response to Kspar the friendly ghost sheeple. Kspar appears to me to be one that has his head in the sand and does not realize what this administration is doing to this country. I will fight to the death to save this land and its sovereignty. Hoorah!

      8. Right on, Mack. Thank you for speaking up.
        Also of note is the date the Notary Public stamped on his renewal papers, which was before the deadline for renewal. It went to the post office the same day, but was not mailed until the following day. If there is any problem with his having filed his renewal papers, we should blame it on the US Postal Service — and — trying to steal the mine because the paperwork was mailed on the final day (the day of his deadline), with the Notary’s dated stamp on the paperwork showing clearly that he did what he was supposed to do on the deadline day, shows the nature of our insane Federal government. It’s no secret — Fedgov wants we the people off of the lands, as per Agenda 21 and other nefarious movements against which our government *should* be protecting land owners and miners and all the rest of us. Sheesh.
        Elias Alias, editor

      9. > Must ask — in what State do you reside?


        > Do you know Mr. Kornec?

        Also irrelevant.

        > How do you know his family did not work the mine
        > while he served overseas?

        Public records.

        > And even if no one worked it while he went off to war,

        Cutely disingenuous tactic to admit the falsity of your lie.

        > would you really want to use that against his right to own property?

        His rights don’t extend to theft of public property by squatting and/or trespass.

        > Statutes and codes are not necessarily “law” —

        Delusional and amusing, but false.

        > Montanans are quite upset with what the Feds are doing to our State.

        Go cry me a river, build me a bridge and get over it.

        > And the Feds can’t seem to take the hint.

        You need to take the hint that feds have more guns, bigger guns and better training than some piassant troop of crackpots.

        > are you a Montanan?


        > What is your dog in this situation?


        Ideally, my governmental representatives will splash all your brains into pink mist.

    2. Maybe it is you that needs to find iut what the laws are here. Here is Third Update. Aug 10 2015 White Hope Mine VS US Forest Service and DEQ.
      In 1986, the BLM found that Kornec, whose family has held claims since the 1920s, in effect abandoned his claim when he missed a filing deadline, documents state. The deadline was Dec. 30 and the envelope was postmarked Dec. 31. ( In reality the filing was signed by a notary at the Court House in Helena, on the 30th of December and one minute later dropped in the mailbox at the Court House in Helena.) (The Forest Service does not have a leg to stand on here ) (Today I personally read documentation, signed by a Helena National Forest regional supervisor, that Stated that the White Hope Mine was Grandfathered in and did not have to abide by the newer 1955 mining laws or thereafter) My Uncle has kept detailed records of all meetings and correspondence with the FS and DEQ. Both agencies are trying to protect their asses by putting out false documentation and falsifying records. I met some of the Oath Keepers at my Uncles Mine today and they are a great bunch of level headed folks that know the Constitution and the Laws of Montana. I did not see any fanatical, Gun toting renegades that the media is making them out to be. My Uncle has already been mysteriously shot once while mining and the Oath Keepers are making sure it does not happen again.

      PS: George is my Uncle

      1. I have no dog in this fight and don’t really know much other than what I’ve read (the case documents and news articles) but I would like to know one thing. The state of Montana has a web site called the Montana Cadastral which lists all of the property owners that are recorded in the county records (this is a state resource not a federal resource). The injunction filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office gives the location description for the mine. Using that description I find that the county shows that the Forest Service owns the land in question except for one mining tract owned by a resident of Helena. If your uncle owns the land then why isn’t he listed in the county records as the owner?

      2. Thank you for your input on this issue. I work at the Mike Horse Mine. our morning meetings starts out about the heavily armed Oath Keepers lurking in the timber around us. We have not been bothered , outside of an occasional vehicle coming through our job site. We as a group , are grateful for the support that your uncle is getting. And honestly feel very protected , knowing that the Oath keepers are there. we always get the negative side of the story. evacuation of workers & equipment , & so forth is drilled into our heads plenty. But that is a typical government verses civilian BS. If anything. the Oath keepers will be gaining more recruits . may the court case go well for all of you .

  2. Many in my family have mined in Montana for years, not presently, however. I am firmly behind these miners who have trusted in the law that applies to them. “We the people” need to support our fellow citizens. Big government has been and is presently far overreaching their authority in all our lives. We dare not let them push us around. First these miners, then someone else will lose their liberty, they WILL be after you next!

  3. Just curious; a buddy of mine who lives in Helena was down here on a run (he drives truck) and told me the Treasure State “disarmed” federal workers within its borders…I didn’t argue with him, as I relocated to Texas from Montana in 2010 and was unfamiliar with such an action. Now that I read this, is what he told me untrue; in other words, does Montana have armed USFS employees running around?


    1. In response to your question, “Does Montana have armed USFS employees running around. The answer is and definite “Yes” The Sheriff deputized two of the USFS employees to help the dept. during the recent Lincoln Musical event. Not certain if they had arrest powers on not. I was at the Oath Keepers operation and know this to be true. Take care and God Bless.

  4. Though I don’t currently live in Mt. My wife and her family are from there. I am a small scale miner who believes the Federal Government is out to destroy what little rights we have left. I have seen them overstep there bounds both in Mt. Lincoln County, as well as La Paz County Arizona. I also stand with the Oath Keepers. Stay safe and Good luck.

  5. If any of you want to camp I have plenty of area to camp in, water is available. I’m just outside of Lincoln about 4 miles, let me know

  6. yo kpar the feds do not have the right of eminent domain on all privately owned lands if it did this nation would allready be a neo communist/facist state of which it is rapidly becoming especilly under obama as we speak …my advice to you lib facist wanna-be is choose a side freedom or tyranny

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