An Interim Report to the Attorney General on Constitutional and Historical Data Relating to the "Sagebrush Rebellion"

 Collection
Identifier: NC1342

Scope and Contents

The collection contains one 1980 report by James W. Hulse and Michael Broadhead regarding the historical context of the Sagebrush Rebellion by examining "the steps by which the national government assumed responsibility for the administration of lands outside the boundaries of the thirteen original states." Upon completion, the final report of this document was given to the Attorney General.

Dates

  • September 3, 1980

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Historical Note

The Sagebrush Rebellion is the name applied to a movement which gained momentum in the 1960s in the western United States and especially in the State of Nevada, to return control of federal lands to individual states. In Nevada, federally managed and controlled lands totaled 87% of all land (Legislative Counsel Bureau, Division of State Lands, January 1980). During the 1970s, Nevada made formal requests for additional land grants from the Federal Land Law Review Commission. That commission's 1970 report to the President and to Congress recommended "retaining [land] in Federal ownership whose values must be preserved so that they may be used and enjoyed by all Americans."

To counter-act that policy, the Select Committee on Public Lands was created in 1977 by the Nevada Legislature to seek changes in public lands policies and to seek out other states in the west who might want to join with Nevada in that effort. Appointed to the committee were Assemblymen Hayes, Kissam, and Moody; and Senators Norman Glaser, Hilbrecht, and Richard E. Blakemore. Their idea of a coalition of western state and local governments on the public lands issue was supported by the Western Council of State Governments, the Western Interstate Region of the National Association of Counties, leading to the formation of the Western Coalition on Public Lands.

Assembly Bill 413 entitled the "Sagebrush Rebellion" bill and passed by the 1979 Nevada Legislature, was designed to create a board of review and provide for state control of certain lands within state boundaries. Similar bills were passed by other western states.

In addition to actual legislation, the Sagebrush Rebellion was a general attitude reflecting the feeling that federal policies affecting the west were made in ignorance of conditions and concerns in the west, that those policies were made for a so-called national constituency without regard for western problems, that this "colonial" treatment was going to get worse as the west was called upon to satisfy the national's energy needs, and federal administration displayed outright animosity toward the west (Questions and Answers on the "Sagebrush Rebellion" fact sheet, from collection 85-04 folder four).

Over the years, issues of the Sagebrush Rebellion have included allotments of grazing rights, mining development, military land withdrawal, closure of selected public lands to hunting and fishing, and the proposed MX Missile defense system.

Extent

1 Volumes (1 item)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Sagebrush Rebellion is the name applied to a movement which gained momentum in the 1960s in the western United States and especially in the State of Nevada, to return control of federal lands to individual states. Collection contains a report written by James Hulse and Michael Brodhead about the historical context concerning lands in the United States in regards to the Sagebrush Rebellion.

Arrangement

Arranged as a single item collection without hierarchy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by James Hulse in April 2016.

Related Materials

Related archival materials held by the UNR Special Collections Department:

Sagebrush Rebellion Papers, 85-04

Source

Creator

Title
Guide to An Interim Report to the Attorney General on Constitutional and Historical Data Relating to the "Sagebrush Rebellion"
Status
Completed
Author
Jessica Maddox
Date
September 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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