Court nomination fight might revive Sagebrush rebellion

02/16/2004
The Sagebrush Rebellion is set to return.For anyone who has forgotten, the Sagebrush Rebellion grew out of long-simmering animosity in the US West over what tends to be seen there as federal oppression through land control.The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 galvanized the sentiment by asserting that the federal government holds public land in perpetual trust.Westerners see that as perpetual poverty because federal land management has evolved into a tool for resisting activities, including resource development, essential to economic growth.The Sagebrush Rebellion peaked in 1981, when Ronald Reagan became president. It faded in 1983 with the resignation of controversial Inte...
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