With antigovernment protestors coming together in Oregon to defend their rights to grazing lands, New York Times staffers Quoctrung Bui and Margot Sanger-Katz take a look at how the U.S. gained this land and why these protestors are so angry.
The United States government bought or took land as it expanded and transferred control to the states or individuals over time. Land in the West was harder to get rid of for various reasons and thus remained in their control with a federal body created to monitor grazing on these lands and other purposes:
Grumbling about federal control of local lands is nothing new. But research from the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Research Service suggests that the federal government is a decent, if inflexible, landlord. Compared with private owners, it tends to charge lower rents for grazing and mining permits.
To learn more about this land dispute in the West, head over to The New York Times: