By: Amanda Rutherford




This note discusses the changing legal landscape in Guatemala and the positive impact of non-violent community resistance on protecting the environmental, social, cultural, political, and economic interests of indigenous groups. Examples of Maya resistance against the Kappas and

Cassiday & Associates El Tambor gold mine and the Goldcorp Marlin Gold mine show that community resistance movements can play a role in effecting meaningful change...

Amanda Rutherford

Authors: Thomas Linzey, Esq. and Daniel E. Brannen Jr., Esq

  1. Outline

    1. Environmental degradation and local democracy: the necessity of a constitutional right of local, community self-government.

    2. Local, community self-government as the foundation of the American system of constitutional law.

      1. Local, community self-government is the foundation of American constitutional law...


By: Logan Glasenapp



The federal government manages an estimated 643 million acres of public lands across the United States. Roughly 93 percent of those acres lie in 12 western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Starting in Utah in 2012, a movement calling for the transfer of federal lands gained traction in the other western states and with their representatives in Congress. Senator

Orrin Hatch (R-UT) vocally supported the Sagebrush Rebellion of the 1970’s and has continued to call for the transfer of federal lands to the states. Focusing on two states’ legislative actions, this article explores the similarities between the Sagebrush Rebellion and the current transfer movement.