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Nevada ranchers cite Gandhi in 'Grass March' protest ride

Published May 26, 2014 11:53 am

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Reno, Nev. • Ranchers in northern Nevada are taking a page out of Gandhi's book in their protest of livestock grazing reductions on federal lands.

Elko County Commissioner Grant Gerber is the chief organizer of a 70-mile horseback trek beginning on Memorial Day that he calls the "Grass March."

He says the multi-day ride from Elko to Battle Mountain is modeled after Gandhi's "Salt March" from Sabarmati to Dandi, India in protest of the British colonial monopoly on salt in 1930.

He says U.S. land managers have the same stranglehold on Nevada land and grass as the British had on Indian salt supplies.

But Bureau of Land Management officials say temporary reductions in some grazing allotments are necessary due to lingering drought.