Rancher Suing Biden

(Patriot.Buzz) – In a clear showcase of federal overreach undermining the country’s economic development, a rancher named Chris Heaton is fighting a legal battle against Joe Biden’s establishment of a national monument in Arizona.

This monument was designated as Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument in August 2023 and has been criticized for barring nearly 1 million acres from mining and other activities under the guise of safeguarding tribal territories.

Heaton expressed his desire for a judicial declaration rendering the monument’s creation as unauthorized. “I would love to see the monument go away and that a court declares that the monument’s illegal,” he stated and emphasized the lack of presidential authority in this action.

The Pacific Legal Foundation, representing Heaton, has lodged a lawsuit challenging the monument’s legality. They argue that this proclamation has put Heaton in a web of regulatory challenges and potential criminal liabilities for routine ranch activities such as maintaining springs and removing tamarack trees to conserve water resources—actions now dangerously close to triggering criminal consequences under the Antiquities Act.

The Biden administration justified the monument’s establishment by highlighting its cultural and historical importance to local Native American communities. However, this action placed a significant portion of uranium, crucial for nuclear energy, beyond reach.

Both Heaton and Pacific Legal Foundation lawyer Frank Garrison have voiced concerns over the Antiquities Act of 1906 and advocated for a clearer definition of what constitutes ‘objects’ worthy of preservation.

They also called for a more transparent process that allows for public input and scrutiny akin to those observed in the establishment of marine monuments or sanctuaries.

Heaton lamented that local ranchers were not consulted before the monument’s announcement and pointed out a singular hearing in Flagstaff as the sole opportunity for their voices to be heard.

This lack of dialogue and the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) apparent unawareness of the designation underscores a disconnect between the federal government’s conservation initiatives and the affected local stakeholders.

Reflecting on the pivotal role of the BLM in the ranching community’s sustainability, Heaton stated, “[T]here’s three things that really affect the ranching world: One’s the weather, the other’s the cattle prices, the third’s the relationship with the BLM.”