EPA ignores Congressional law, gives Wyoming town to Indian tribes

Ignoring congressionally-mandated boundaries set in 1905, the Environmental Protection Agency has turned the Wyoming town of Riverton over to two Indian tribes.

In a surprising decision, officialsOfficials at the EPA, the Department of the Interior and the Justice Department, designated the land the property of the Wind River Tribes, according to The Daily Caller.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead petitioned the EPA to reverse the decision, and vowing not to abide by the order, and pledging to fight it in court if necessary.

“My deep concern is about an administrative agency of the federal government altering a state’s boundary and going against over 100 years of history and law,” Mead said in a statement. “This should be a concern to all citizens because, if the EPA can unilaterally take land away from a state, where will it stop?”

The short-term impact appears to be minimal, but the state is concerned about the long-term consequences, according to The Daily Caller, which reported:

The worry by state officials is that turning Riverton, a town of over 10,000 people, over to the tribes will come with a slew of tax and law enforcement complications. Since Riverton is now part of the Wind River reservation, it is technically no longer eligible for state services and no longer falls under local law enforcement. Mead, however, has ordered that state agencies conduct “business as usual” in regards to Riverton, meaning state services, law enforcement and regulations will continue.

“This is an alarming action when you have a federal agency step in and start to undo congressional acts that has really been our history for 108 years,” state Sen. Leland Christensen told The Daily Caller News Foundation, “with the
stroke of a pen without talking to the biggest groups impacted, andthat would be the city of Riverton and the state of Wyoming.”

The Daily Caller’ reported that the EPA did not respond to its request for comment.

Read the full report via The Daily Caller.

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR
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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • Steve Peters

    What right does the EPA have in this anyway?

    • matism

      They own the pigs that will enforce it. Are you ready to take THEM on, muzzle to muzzle? Until then, shut up and enjoy!

      • lovinspoonful

        That’s rude.

        • Richard O. Mann

          But true. They are coming from everything we own.

          • lovinspoonful

            That may be, but there is no reason to be rude to Steve Peters. He is not doing it, is he?

        • matism

          Sometimes that’s the way it is with the truth.

        • JHorvathJr

          Matism pro-NAZIS gauleiter can be safely ignored.

      • Helen Kistler

        There are many more options than bloodshed. All jurisdictions are circular in this country.
        You can petition the President, all your senators and representatives, and or the courts.

        • matism

          And they will have a good laugh at the petitions and pump out some more form letters.

          • Helen Kistler

            If that is an accurate description of your representatives, you should try to organize a recall election.

    • Richard Carew

      EPA has been taking land away from people who legally own it for years. Than making these people incur a debt, sometimes into the millions, to win the land back in federal court. This is what big gov brings to the table.

      • Jacqueleen

        AND THEY ARE ALL LAWYERS!!!! WORK FOR EVERY LAWYER!

    • lovinspoonful

      That’s what I want to know. What gives them the right to do whatever they want to do?

      • Richard O. Mann

        King Obama.

        • Jacqueleen

          I say it is the global elite who are pulling all of the strings and paying the bribes to move their agenda along….Obama is a stooge.

      • john4637

        Trampling states rights!

      • Doug

        They’re Indian givers.

        • Ndn&proud

          You’re ignorance is as pale as your skin. Don’t disrespect us! Disrespect your black president! If you give us a chance to gain our ancestral lands back, believe me, we will gladly accept it.

    • babbott

      NONE whatsoever. BUT what has Congress done about it? They have stood on the sidelines while the EPA has choked business and industry, so now the EPA decides to invalidate federal law without any approval.

    • john4637

      Oppression, thuggery, socialism.

    • Poodleguy

      NONE!!! This is what you get when you vote for ignorant socialist liberals into office. We MUST change this…………

    • Jacqueleen

      Note that the article says the EPA and the Justice Department both entities that ignore the Constitution and write their own law or do away with the law…LIBERALS WANT A LAWLESS SOCIETY……Our laws keep sanity in a society….but then, the definition of Liberalism is “It’s a mental disorder!” The insane are ruling this country.

    • frank pikul

      they don’t but they have to obey executive orders due to ambiguous clean air/clean water bullshit that was hidden and 10 years in the making. And in all this, Obama is receiving his executive orders from monsanto

    • Tanya Kindle

      what right did the gov’t have to take it in the first place. All those people are going to feel what ours felt so long ago. It’s a circle closing. The Gov’t moved our people on that land and then took it back.

  • Americans Wake Up

    EPA is out of control . Congress needs to disband this group of terrorists.

    • Blomsoy

      Yes, AWU, Congress took an oath to protect the country from all enemies, foreign and domestic; Instead they
      joined them.

      • Tanya Kindle

        Native American’s are not the enemy. We have been stolen from for decades. Turn about is fair play.

  • Chuck Burns

    Well now! Here we have a taste of what is to come. The EPA is taking land because it is a Marxist, Socialist, Communist aka Progressive government agency, This is just a taste of what is in store under the UN agenda 21.

    • linedancer2

      YOU ARE SO RIGHT…

  • disqus_XeFVQf2YXo

    If the EPA is doing this, WHAT IS THE “BLM” DOING..???? The EPA has been full of fraud and bribery since the Clinton years.. Another Hillary thing.. Follow the money..

    • Raconteur Duck

      “…the EPA, the Department of the Interior and the Justice Department, designated the land the property of the Wind River Tribes”
      It isn’t just the EPA, but notice that Holder has his dirty hands in this. But, what does the EPA have to do with boundaries and who owns what land?
      “Designated the land”?? where is “Due process”?

      • Richard O. Mann

        King Obama has done away with due process.

        • Redrider07

          Due process is down in Cuba in a holding cell.

        • Helen Kistler

          Giving rights back to someone from whom they have been taken is not a violation of due process.

          • Leftbehind

            Your an IDIOT !

      • Doug

        They did this without reservations.

    • Jacqueleen

      Money talks while BS walks! This is how the global elite operate….money talks while the insane walk.

  • Edward Beck

    Just ignore the EPA. The Governor of Wyoming has more at his disposal to defend his State than the EPA has at its disposal. In other words – SCREW THE EPA.

    • Helen Kistler

      Actually, that is not true. If the EPA petitions their boss (the President), he could call up the military just like Eisenhower did to enforce desegregation.

    • Helen Kistler

      The EPA is a law-enforcement agency.

      • Leftbehind

        your soooo Stupid

  • looneytoonsindville

    Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead needs to follow the lead of our great President, Barack Hussein Obama. Just ignore the EPA rulings and laws that you don’t like and follow the ones you do like. Then, Wyoming won’t have to waste it’s money on lawyers and judges!

  • RE Hafner

    It’s about time the states started shoving it up the EPA’s ass.

  • Lester Peoples

    EPA is as Corrupt an organization as there ever was. A reason for this move isn’t exposed as yet but bet your bottom dollar-there is a bad reason! Tax increases is only the beginning for these 10,000 people and not having any state police or fed law and order will allow crime to go rampant if Alcohol is dumped on them and everyone knows Indians cant hold their liqueur, which will force the govt. to take over the town! Think of other reasons a corrupt govt. would do such a thing!

    • gian2012

      Liqueur is an aperitif not consumed by Indians, they drink firewater.

    • Ndn&proud

      You should watch what you say about us! You are the majority here and IMO you have taken over the title of The Drunken Race. You can’t put that name on us anymore. Sorry

    • Helen Kistler

      Did you know your last name is common among people of Indian heritage?

      • Leftbehind

        idiot

    • Helen Kistler

      How does enforcing a treaty make them corrupt?

  • governmentslave

    Being on tribal lands might be a better situation. If you can ignore state and federal officials, laws, and taxes. Somehow I think That scenario sounds too good to be true.

    • Memphis Viking

      Unless the residents get kicked out for not having tribal blood.

      • Helen Kistler

        The city could try meeting with the tribal leaders to work out a deal based on existing laws.

        • Leftbehind

          idiot child you have your Kool-Aid today

      • Helen Kistler

        That’s an interesting twist. What are the requirements for membership in this particular tribe?

  • Leftbehind

    The EPA has No Right to do this what so ever .

    • JHorvathJr

      Setting precedent for taking land from whites and giving it to minorities. The next step isto have black reservations where whites are not allowed and where minorities take over. North Chicago and Degroit are probably next.

      • Doug

        The only good Indian is a…….

        • Ndn&proud

          You’re an idiot! How about I post your responses and email on my FB page? You will definately have a bad rest of your life. TRY ME!

      • Helen Kistler

        They didn’t set a precedent; they enforced laws and treaties which we’re already on the books.

    • Helen Kistler

      The EPA has authority to enforce environmental laws enacted by Congress.

      • Leftbehind

        Still does not change the Fact your Mentally Challenged