Hage sued the government for
violating his Constitutionally protected right to his property, a
takings without just compensation. The
government filed a claim for the Hage water rights and seized his
cattle. The battle became an epic range war waged by the federal
government against a rancher holding long-recognized, privately held,
water and grazing rights. In Nevada, a state that is more than 90%
federally managed, it is recognized in the Courts that Public Lands are
owned by The People and the federal government is strictly limited in
their authority under the Tenth Amendment and states’ rights.
2008, the US Supreme Court agreed and awarded the Hage estate damages
of $4.2 million in 2008 ($14.4 million when interest and penalties were
added), giving the feds until October 2, 2010 to pay up or appeal. Our government chose to appeal.
Wayne had only one life to give but the government lives forever and the fight goes on.
Wayne’s battle has been funded by $20 donations from hundreds of thousands of property rights supporters around the world.
It’s an important case, worthy of our support. So, pass the hat — make that a cowboy hat! Support justice, the cowboy way!
Never met Wayne? Meet him online in this series of interviews.
Th Sheriff of Nye County, Nevada defended the Hage’s property rights and earned the title “The Constitutional Sheriff.”
Read the Wayne Hage story in Storm Over Rangelands. https://americanstewards.us/store/books and at http://americanstewards.us/about-us/historical-victories/hage-v-united-states
Here’s a very good article on the 2008 decision and you can read the August 2008 decision.