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April 25, 2014

Your View: Do some research

PITTSBURG, Kan. — I’m reading and hearing a lot about a cattleman out West who is grazing on federally protected land. He says his rights extend back about 100 years.

Tribal records show the Shoshone Nation lived there beginning in the 1820s. Perhaps his family made a treaty with the tribe, but if not, he may be no better than those who took the land from the Native Americans in the first place. Maybe those who are lining up with guns should do some research to determine who has grazing rights.

Jerry E. Waltrip

Pittsburg, Kan.

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