The FEDs were never to maintain permanent control over state lands in the first place<quoted text>
I'm no too sure about Bundy being wrong. As I understand it, Clark County paid a fee to the government for grazing. If that is true, then I don't believe the government can collect the same fee for the same thing from a private individual.
The ownership of the property by the federal government is determined by the clause in the Nevada constitution that states all "unappropriated" land belongs to the federal government.
If "approprioated" means being used by people of Nevada for their sustenance, then the federal government can only own that land if they complied with the 5th Amendment and paid the state, or county, or both "just compensation".
A ruling on this issue by some court posted here by some Democrat referenced the 1848 treaty between the US and Mexico, treating Nevada as a territory and not a state, and ignored the subsequent 1864 agreement between the state of Nevada and the US to become a state, and it also ignored the state constitution.
Bundy represented himself because he had some bad experiences with lawyers... go figure. That ruling would be dead on arrival if appealed by anyone who knew how to practice law.
""From the beginning of our nation, states gave up title over their public lands to the federal government only to serve as a trustee for the purpose of creating new states and using the proceeds of any lands it may sell to pay the national debt from the Revolutionary War. The federal government honored this duty until it got to the West. Arid western lands were harder to sell. However, this never meant the federal government should just keep them.
In 1976, Congress enacted a “policy”(Federal Lands Policy Management Act, or FLPMA) declaring that it would simply retain these lands in federal ownership. However, in 2009 a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court declared that Congress does not have the authority to unilaterally change the “uniquely sovereign character” of a statehood contract, or enabling act, particularly “where virtually all of a state’s public lands are at stake.”