Dispute has its roots in 1970s 'Rebellion'

Published 1143 GMT (1943 HKT) April 18, 2014
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Cliven Bundy's ranch west of Mesquite, Nevada, on April 11, 2014, was the site of a tense standoff between him and the federal government. Bundy and other ranchers have been locked in a dispute with the government for decades over where they can graze their cattle and how they use the land. Click through the images to see what set it off. George Frey/Getty Images/File
Armed security guards patrol the entrance to Cliven Bundy's ranch on April 11 west of Mesquite, Nevada. Bundy supporters, some of them armed, faced off against federal agents who were rounding up Bundy's cattle. The feds backed down after a scuffle with members of Bundy's family. George Frey/Getty Images
Wayne Hage, shown in this undated photo riding his horse on Table Mountain in Nevada, was the leader of the "Sagebrush Rebellion" and author of the 1989 book "Storm Over Rangelands: Private Rights in Federal Lands." He initiated a lawsuit over water rights in 1991 against the federal government. The ruling was in his estate's favor. CJ Hadley/AP/File
A group of pronghorn run across a meadow after being released on U.S. Forest Service land outside of Fort Stanton, near Capitan, New Mexico, on January. 14, 2014. The federal government owns a third of the land in the state. Jeremy Wade Shockley/AP/File
The Teton Mountain Range in Wyoming, where 48% of the state's land is owned by the federal government. Price Chambers/Bloomberg/Getty Images/File
Logging roads wind through sections of clear-cut timber in the Mt. Hood National Forest, east of Portland, Oregon, another state where a majority of its land is public. AP/File
This development of the upscale Vail ski resort in Colorado sits on U.S. Forest Service land. More than a third of land in Colorado is public. Vail Resorts Archive/AP/File
Horses stand behind a fence at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Palomino Valley holding facility in Reno, Nevada, on June 5, 2013. More than 80% of the land in Nevada is federally owned. Scott Sonner/AP/File