Published August 7, 2019
CASPER, Wyo. — K2 Radio in Casper, Wyoming followed up on a story that ran in Native News Online last week regarding the statement issued by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) that said successful litigation by tribes and environmentalists to return the grizzly bear in Greater Yellowstone to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) “was not based on science or facts” but motivated by plaintiffs “intent on destroying our Western way of life.”
The radio station interviewed Jeff Rasmussen, a partner in the Louisville, Colo., office of Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP, who filed a lawsuit two years ago on behalf of the plaintiffs in “Crow Indian Tribe vs. United States of America” that included more than a dozen tribes and tribal leaders.
According to the story by K2 Radio’s Tom Morton, Rasmussen said Cheney did not seem to understand the lawsuit, its intent, or the people who filed it.
“To have a congresswoman say the tribes are out to destroy the Western way of life, I was taken aback by that, and disappointed that she would say that without having apparently having looked at the case and having looked at what we’re trying to do, and looked at the science here,” he said.
“The tribes would not take a back seat to Ms. Cheney on defining who is really trying to protect the Western way of life,” Rasmussen said.