The Bureau of Land Management is claiming that a number of Texas ranches don’t actually belong to the ranchers, but rather to the federal government. This is in despite of each rancher having a deed for their property and having paid property taxes on the land each year.
The BLM’s claim — the land shouldn’t have been sold in the first place. However, at least one rancher, Ken Aderholt, isn’t giving up his property without a fight.
Aderholt’s family has lived and raised cattle on the land for the past 70 years. Yet in 2014, the rancher received a phone call from the BLM representative who claimed that 625 acres of his property actually belonged to the federal government.
The representative said the discovery was made when the government began “redefining” boundary lines along the Red River, which runs along the border between Oklahoma and Texas. So by redefining the boundary to half-a-mile inland, the change affects the size of Aderholt’s property.
Despite pointing out he has a deed showing he’s the owner the BLM’s still claiming they own the 625 acres adding that the Texas should never have produced that deed as it never belongs to the state. Now, the BLM says it plans to take his property from him ‘legally.’
The BLM hasn’t said what it’ll do with the land, but if history has shown us anything, it could be converted into public bird watching, horseback riding, or even be condemned. Furthermore, the BLM could lease the land back to Aderholt, or worse it could lease it to someone else entirely.
Remember, the federal government doe not have the right to act independent of the U.S. Constitution.