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"The British government in India not only deprived the Indian people of their freedom but was ruining India economically, politically, culturally and spiritually. The same thing is happening in Nevada," he said.

BLM officials say temporary reductions in some grazing allotments are necessary due to lingering drought.

"Much of the western United States and much of Nevada is experiencing severe to extreme drought conditions," the agency said in a statement issued from its state headquarters in Reno. "These conditions have stressed all resources on the public lands, making grazing throughout most of Nevada unsustainable at permitted levels."

The Nevadans' ride is the latest in a series of demonstrations since the federal government's run-in with Bundy about 75 miles northeast of Las Vegas. It comes at a time when land managers face a number of challenges acerbated by drought, ranging from wild-horse herds they say are overpopulated to the potential listing of the sage grouse as an endangered species.

 

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