Alert: Security Operation To Protect Miner Rights – Operation Big Sky Montana

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EDITOR’S NOTE —  An updated version of this post contains a “donations” button for all who would like to help support this operation. Please read the newer article, here:

https://www.oathkeepers.org/operation-big-sky-protecting-rights-of-miners-in-montana/

Additional coverage: Updated Press Release with Video of Public Meeting at Lincoln, Montana is here:

https://www.oathkeepers.org/press-release-operation-big-sky-lincoln-montana/

All those coming here from FaceBook please use the above two links. Thank You!

Salute!

Elias Alias, editor

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PRESS RELEASE: Immediate Release

04 August 2015

Pacific Patriot Network – Oath Keepers – III%

Pacific Patriot Network under the leadership of the Oath Keepers has set up a security mission to protect the White Hope Mine and related claims in Lewis & Clark County, MT. The immediate aim of this operation is to act as a buffer between the miners and any unlawful action by the United States Forest Service (USFS).

Mission Statement is as follows:

At the request of Intermountain Mining, owners of the White Hope Mine located in Lewis & Clark County Montana, Pacific Patriots Network, Oath Keepers and III%’s mission is to ensure the mining claim owners 4th & 5th Amendment Constitutional Right’s are not violated and to prevent further unlawful action by the United States Forest Service.

Mining claims established before 1955 fall under the Mining Law of 1872. These claims are Public Domain and are treated as private property. The USFS has no legal standing or precedence for their recent actions, but has taken it upon themselves to require unnecessary permits, enacted stalling techniques, made threats of arson, and strong arm tactics to coax a generation of older miners to submit to unlawful authority, preventing them from working their rightful mining claim. The current claim being threatened has been in constant operation since 1924, therefore is not managed under the 1955 administrative regulation, which requires an operations plan. The claims are lawfully recorded with the miners controlling the surface rights and the resources on the land for use in their mining venture. Claims are not public property. In addition, privately owned gates have been locked into an open position to allow the public access to private claims. The use of fear tactics, harassment and unlawful action by Bill Avey, Helena National Forest Supervisor, will no longer be tolerated.

Intermountain Mining LLC, owned by George Kornec a Korean veteran and Phil Nappo a Vietnam veteran, have served a Notice of No Trespass on the White Hope Mine to the United States Forest Service (USFS), it’s employees, contractors and agents. Owners of the mine and all authorized parties will respond to any unlawful entry to the full extent of the law. Our intention is to run a peaceful security operation. Our position is to protect the rights of these miners thru a open dialogue with the USFS and reach a Legal & Constitutional conclusion.

Jason Van Tatenhove                                                                   Chris McIntire
Oathkeepers                                                                                   Idaho III%
Public Information Officer                                                         Public Information Officer
jason@thelibertybrothers.com                                                  pio@iiipercentidaho.org

Security Operation – White Hope Mine, MT

At the request of Intermountain Mining, owners of the White Hope Mine located in Lewis & Clark County Montana, Pacific Patriots Network, Oath Keepers and III%’s mission is to ensure the mining claim owners 4th & 5th Amendment Constitutional Right’s are not violated and to prevent further unlawful action by the United States Forest Service.

NOTICE

This is NOT a standoff with USFS. We are NOT promoting any confrontation with USFS. This is a security operation for the protection of Constitutional Rights. If you have a different agenda outside of the above peaceful mission statement, we don’t want your assistance.

Please DO NOT make any type of threatening phone calls to the local USFS as it undermines our mission, professionalism and is unwarranted.

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PERSONNEL REQUEST

If you are offering personnel to support the security operations we are requesting the following be emailed to  volunteer@pacificpatriotsnetwork.com

Number of Personnel
Skill Set
Date of Arrival
Estimated Time of Arrival
Length of Stay

We are requesting a 12 hour and 2 hour notice of your arrival so the staging site will be prepared to receive you and in process you. Please plan your arrival between 0800 to 1900. Please notify us of your anticipated length of stay so that we can schedule personnel rotation most effectively.

Check-In Location
Check-In & Staging Area
4618 Patterson Loop
Lincoln, MT 59639

Directions:

North on Hwy 200 for 3 1/2 miles
Turn right onto Abe Lincoln Rd to Patterson Loop

Personnel Equipment
It is late summer in Montana with wide temperature swings, rain, snow & high winds are possible. Please come self-contained for the duration of your stay. This is a camping situation, so prepare for that.

Wet Weather Gear
Waterproof Boots
Thermal Underwear
First Aid Kit
HAM Radio
Personal Medicines
Tent
Sleeping Bag
Food for the duration of your stay
A Camp Cook. You bring one of those along, you’re a hero!

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Operation Big Sky – White Hope Mine

HERE ARE THE MAIN BULLET POINTS – WHITE HOPE MINE

1. ASK THE FOREST SERVICE TO PRODUCE IF A VALID O.M.B.
(Office of Management and Budget) NUMBER THAT APPLY S TO
THE MINERS! MUST BE CURRENT!

2. THE MINERS HAVE A STATUTORY RIGHT TO MINE BY ACTS
OF CONGRESS, TITLE 30 USC, SEC. 22-54 !

3. ONCE A MINING CLAIM HAS BEEN PROPERLY FILED, IT
BECOMES PRIVATE PROPERTY! NOT SUBJECT TO
GOVERNMENT CONTROL.

4. ANY BREACH OF THAT PRIVATE PROPERTY IS A CRIMINAL
TRESPASS, UNDER BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL LAW!

5. The miner has a possessory title, shall have the exclusive right of
possession and enjoyment of all the surface included within the lines of
their locations, and of all veins, lodes, and ledges throughout their entire
depth, the top or apex of which lies inside of such surface lines extended
downward vertically, although such veins, etc. TITLE 30 SEC. 26

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