Family members and supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy plan to mark the first anniversary of Bundy’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management with a “Liberty Celebration” beginning Friday.
Bundy’s wife, Carol, sent the following email this week inviting supporters to head to the Bunkerville, Nevada ranch for the weekend:
We sincerely hope you will join us this weekend to celebrate LIBERTY!
We will have plenty of activities, music, speakers and food.
Below is a schedule of events for Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday we will hold Testimony meeting, share your feelings for God and county.
Of course you are welcome to tour the area (it is no longer closed). There is
so much to see and do. Your children will enjoy the shallow wading in the
Virgin river and you can enjoy the sunshine.
A map is also attached. Please forward to your Friends and Family
We look forward to seeing you all in Bunkerville!!
It’s been a year since BLM officials began rounding up Bundy’s cattle in response to a long-standing dispute over illegal grazing on federal lands. The move drew more than a thousand protesters to Bundy’s ranch, many of them armed, which led the BLM to abandon the operation amid concerns over public safety.
A list of speakers in Carol Bundy’s email included former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack. Mack, who is expected to call in to the event via Skype, was one of the better-known activists rallying at Bundy’s side during the standoff. The former sheriff once strikingly said that self-styled militias at the Bundy ranch had strategized to use women as human shields should federal agents open fire on them, then walked back that statement in an interview with TPM.
Also listed was Nevada state Assemblywoman Michelle Fiore (R), another vocal Bundy supporter. Fiore recently made headlines for reportedly referring to a black colleague as a “colored man.”