GOP Candidate for Legislature has Militia Ties

A prominent member of a group linked to the Militia of Montana is running for legislature in Sanders County.

Republican Jennifer Fielder is a leader of the innocuous sounding Sanders Natural Resource Council–the organization is the latest incarnation of the Militia of Montana.  Fielder, who is running for senate district 7, is on the group’s board of directors, according to her website.  Here’s the screenshot.

Fellow Militia of Montana leader John Trochmann explains in this radio interview why the Militia of Montana is currently operating under the name Sanders National Resource Council–to evade detection by federal agents.  Organizing an armed anti-government para-military group is against the law.

“For you federal agents that are listening, this movement is growing. There are sweet little units everywhere. Government, you figure it out…

Here in MT it is impossible to start an armed militia and take ’em out and train them because of state laws…so if you want to train you have to do one thing at a time. You go out and target practice  or you go out and do your skills as camping out or cold weather survival, especially like communications. We do that very well here, undetected hopefully…the name may be changed but we are still the same. “

Right now, that name is Sanders Natural Resource Council, Trochmann explains.  If you wonder why the Militia of Montana would want to pose as an anti-environmental group, consider this.  The militia leaders say that the biggest threat the militia sees right now is from attacks by “globalist organizations” of  “environmental wackos.”

The Sanders Natural Resource Council (pronounced “SNaRC” by locals) believes that conservationists who support wildlife management of local bear populations are part of a conspiracy to conduct surveillance on the militia movement. Here’s how the bear surveillance conspiracy works:

“If you try to do anything with these bears–they have collars on them.  If you try to plug a bear and the heart stops there will be a satellite over the top you instantly to take your picture of you and call out the game wardens instantly.”

“What if you plug one of the game wardens?” the host asks.  To be sure, the host goes on to clarify his remark :”I was being somewhat facetious–but only somewhat, with that.”

And so, to fight the ominous threat of bear-activated satellite surveillance systems, the SNaRC Militia set about spreading fear with a spree of “town hall” meetings.  GOP candidate Jennifer Fielder led the meetings, saying the Forest Service was planning a conspiracy to close down the entire forest.

At the meetings, the militia members raved that private property rights are at risk over grizzly management lines that they only just learned of.  Problem is, the bear management lines have actually been on the map for thirty years.  

Besides legislative candidate Jennifer Fielder, nutjob all-stars Rep. Greg Hinkle (R-Spear Hunter) and Ron Olfert also participated in the conspiracy briefings.  Hinkle is running for county commissioner.  Olfert is running for, of all things, county administrator: an unpaid position that is responsible for ensuring indigent people who die get a decent burial. (This was the only other position available to run for after Olfert lost his county commissioner race last election).

The Militia of Montana organized from the remnants of an earlier organization, United Citizens for Justice. That was the group of angry white supremacists that formed in the 1990’s after the wife and son of white supremacist Randy Weaver were killed in a standoff with federal agents in Ruby Ridge, Idaho. The Alliance Defense League reports that “nearly all of its leaders and chief supporters were white supremacists, including Louis Beam, former ambassador at large for Aryan Nations.”

If Fielder is elected, expect another “secession session” focused on militia favorites like we saw in 2011.  The gold standard, making sheriffs the supreme law of the land, armed militias etc–at a greater level even then we saw last time from Greg Hinkle, Derek Skees, Jerry O’Neil and crew.


64 Comments on "GOP Candidate for Legislature has Militia Ties"

  1. speaking of law enforcement challenges….

  2. BEAR SATELLITES! How cool is that?!?!?!?

  3. I like the idea of the satellites coming down and hovering over the poacher like in the Hunger Games.

  4. The democratic candidate in this race is Mark Sheets of Thompson Falls. He supports educations, timely permits for oils and gas drilling, and making sure schools benefit.

  5. Sanders County is a hotbed of extremists. The Sanders County Republican Central Committee are the folks who sued to make our Supreme Court elections partisan:

  6. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 10, 2012 11:42 AM at 11:42 AM |

    Uh, judge lovell’s really, really bad day!


    It’s damn TUFF to be a nutjob judge now days. They don’t get no respect ‘cept from the inbred crowd! Looks like lovell’s gonna have to step up to the plate now and look the fool he is!

  7. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 10, 2012 11:45 AM at 11:45 AM |

    This woman is simply another outta state nutjob and self-proclaimed “christian”, according to her web site. WHEN, OH WHEN will the more mainstream churches take BACK Christ from the inbreds! And when will the damn press do its job?

    People like this woman really DO view Montana as their white homeland. Yes, they are nucking futz, but they’ve been given a free pass by the press and the Pubbies!

  8. Where is the Missoulian on this? They have done a couple of profiles on this race and never brought it up. Do they just take the candidates press releases and print them verbatim?

  9. I went to a well-run candidate forum last night in Militia of Montana’s home town of Noxon. Jennifer Fielder, when asked, disavowed her ties to any militia, and seemed genuinely confused how she is linked to them. She said she is having trouble learning how to fix her website, but that what it says on there about being on the board of directors of SNRC is incorrect; she says she is only an advisor. She and her husband both have had careers related to natural resource management, so SNRC asked them to help understand the new draft Forest Plan and Grizzly Bear Amendment. I believe the Fielders never had to work under “multiple use” management, and do not clearly understand the NEPA process for planning and analyzing projects using the input of interested citizens. They got their panties in a wad when they came into the tail end of a 10-year planning process, and the Forest Service wouldn’t go back and change everything to meet their concerns. They did not understand one Alternative, in which the Forest Service analyzed the “what if” scenario of closing all the roads that had been mandated by the courts to go back and analyze. THis alternative wasn’t chosen of course, but it freaked SNRC and the Fielders out. They held a shirt-tearing, hair on fire meeting last May that got everyone scared that the feds were planning to shut everyone out of access to the national forests for huckleberry picking, firewood gathering, etc.

    But speaking with Jennifer last night, I felt she was sincere in her naivete about SNRC being a militia-backed organization. She doesn’t have deep enough roots in this county yet to know who she’s dealing with, but after last night, she might educate herself. If she can show the integrity to publicly disavow her militia ties, and start to take a deeper look at how to HELP the Forest Service get timber out, as her opponent Mark Sheets does, instead of filing crazy appeals against them, as SNRC has, I will personally notify MTCOWGIRL for an update. This would be good for her, and good for our county. Are you listening, Jennifer? Because this really matters.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 10, 2012 12:35 PM at 12:35 PM |

      She doesn’t have deep enough roots in this county yet to know who she’s dealing with”,

      That’s what I suspected. But the whole “I’m a christian” thing makes me very suspicious. And nauseous! Why would anyone PUT that nonsensical bullshit on their site? I mean, who really GIVES two shits just what the hell one’s religeeious beliefs are, and why should that matter? I suspect that there’s more to ms. fielder than she’s letting on. “christian” is code word for nutjob now days. See Pastord Buldim and co.

    • I dont see much of a real distinction between being an “advisor” to these loons and leading their public meetings and being a board member. Still looks like heavy involvement to me.

      • That’s how it looks here, too. That’s why she was challenged last night. I just figure, if she can show courage and walk away from that bunch in more than just words, I’ll give her credit. It’s in her court.

        By the way, Hinkle and Olfert were challenged last night on the same subject, and stayed quiet. Mr. Olfert, leader of SNRC, refused to name any other officers of the organization. I can see protecting the membership list, but not the board members. The fact that Fielder is at least sounding confused says there might be a little bit of hope for her. I’ll wait and see. If it’s a public misconception, she’s built that image, even if not understanding what she did as she did it. She will have to do the work to change it.

    • Very interesting Carolyn, thanks for posting.

  10. Dear Cowgirl,
    I repeat here what I said at the SNaRC meeting in June, “Is this really about the subject these folks are talking about or is this just a cheap political publicity stunt on the part of Greg Hinkle, Jennifer Fielder, and Ron Olfert to get their names in the press?” From the reaction, you’d thought I just shot the Pope. The jeering and booing was a hoot. None the less, it was and is a cheap election year stunt. Jennifer Fielder plays coy, but don’t be fooled. When she, Mark Sheets and I (I’m the Libertarian candidate) were interviewed by the Sanders PAC to see who they would endorse, upon leaving her first question to me was “Who put you up to this?” As if I was being back by someone to run for office? Why would she ask this? Because she’s been put up to this, and she knows full well who is doing the backing and why.

    If you have any doubts about me, here you go, my candi response in the Missoulian,

    The Op-ed that appeared online and in print in Monday’s Missoulian,

    John Marshall

    • It is a little suspicious that they “discovered” a 30 year old “conspiracy” right before the election. I would think the voters would not be pleased with that kind of dishonesty.

    • I like John Marshall’s views, and would certainly vote for him if I lived in his district.

      However, I don’t think your views are very much in tune with the Libertarian party.

    • It looks like a campaign stunt to me–a ridiculous one. I don’t think mainstream voters care much for the black helicopter contrails stuff.

  11. John,
    Your presentation last night was very interesting and refreshing. I also thank you again for standing and calling out the election stunts at last June’s meeting. I thought you were very brave to withstand the full-bore verbal assault that predictably followed. I actually got called an “ecoterrorist” at the next meeting.

    • And here I thought an ecoterrorist was someone who dumped arsenic in the town water supply. But now the crackpots are using t o describe informed citizenship!

  12. From her website:

    COLLEGE EDUCATION: 5 years, 3 degrees, with honors…
    •Associate in Applied Science – President’s Medal top graduate, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA 1986-87
    •Associate in Arts & Sciences – 4.0 GPA/straight A’s, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA 1987-88
    •Bachelor of Science — Magna Cum Laude academic honors, Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, CO 1989-90

    It seems odd she would not identify her major for her BA.

    Wenatchee is not the most politically progressive venue in Washington.

    • Perhaps she felt the less she revealed the harder it would be to verify. I agree its weird not to identify the bachelors degree with which you supposedly earned high honors.

    • What’s funny to me is that she is probably in her mid 40s and she is still touting her college G.P.A. – for her Associates Degrees! One big lesson in my life has been that the honors I earned in college did not translate directly to common sense, much less governing ability, technical ability, etc. Lots of mediocre students make terrific business people, scientists, community leaders, etc. I have had to learn from experience, the same as everyone else. While she has no doubt been very successful, as she is a hard worker, G.P.A. is meaningless out here in the real world. Well, maybe it impresses her base?

      • Yeah that is weird. Its like that guy who always seems to be sitting at the end of the bar in the local coffee shop talking about his high school football days. I would think voters would want to know more about how her positions will impact them, what her priorities are, etc.

  13. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 10, 2012 3:13 PM at 3:13 PM |

    What the Fuqua?? ANOTHER GREAT “kristyeeean”! And this dude won the christian coalition award for family values dude! But where the hell is craig mooreon to DEFEND his people? Let his people GO! They are being persecuted for being ignernt inbreds! And this is bigotry! For you see, inbreds are people too, and should be treated civily! Right?

  14. If your ideas are so good what do you possibly have to fear from a patriot like Fielder who is simply espousing the ideas our country was founded to protect. Try picking up a constitution and educating yourself about the role an armed millitia plays in the free society.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 10, 2012 4:41 PM at 4:41 PM |

      Fear??? Fear??? bhwhwhahahahahahaa!

      Too funny, Drildo the dildo. You wanna know what I fear about the mlisha? That they will stop providing material for the HUMOR mill!

      But with guys like this, that’s unlikely to happen!

      You see, drildo the dildo, anyone who identifies themself as a “patriot and a christian” is HIGHLY unlikely to be either! They’re simply inbred. I mean, really, just WHAT gives ms. fiddler the right to move to Montana and suddenly CLAIM all public land as her own??? Is she a friggin’ COMMIE or sumthin’? I think she’s just a leetle light in the brains dept.!

      Watch them accidental DIScharges, dildo! You just MIGHT end up bein’ called shorty!


      Too funny!

    • Maybe you’d better read the Constitution, DBD. The only thing in it about an “armed militia” is the Second Amendment. As passed, it reads like this:

      A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

      Several things to note about that.

      1) The role of a militia is the “security of a free state”, not treason against it due to fear of environmentalists – other Americans.

      2) It is in an amendment, albeit an important one. It was not part of the foundational document of our country, the Constitution, any more than the amendments you don’t seem to like very much.

      3) Listen up, because this is the important part. It carries conditions with it. Notice, the second amendment asserts a given right, that or our arms not being infringed. That right is conditional on the necessity of a “well regulated militia”. In others words, the 2nd removes from the government the ability to infringe on our rights of weapon ownership, but specifically cedes to the government the right to regulate militias as a necessity of our security. Do you get that part?

      No one here denigrated Fielder for being part of a gun club. The problem is that she is a front and ally of a militia which specifically defies Constitutionally mandated regulation. In short, she is an adviser for a treasonous organization.

      You really should read the Constitution someday, DBD. I’m certain you’ll find it enlightening.

      • Well regulated means well-trained.

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 21, 2012 10:14 PM at 10:14 PM |

          Dave, still waiting for the example of just WHERE a bunch of inbreds who called themselves a militia had ANY success of ANY kind in ANY military engagement in this country’s history! If these morons don’t SHOOT themselves or each other in the ass during their “training”, THAT is considered a military win for them I guess!

          Militias are a joke, and the dudes participating are jokers. That’s all, Dave, and if you know it. I suspect that MOST if not all these dudes MISSED military service but ENJOY playing Rambo on the weekends.

        • Really? Trained by whom? In what wingnut universe does “regulated” mean “trained”? Do you send your kids to school to be regulated in reading, writing and arithmetic? Do you eat the right foods so that your bowels are well trained?

          No. Skinner, even those courts who have briefly dealt with the conditional clause of the 2nd have mostly rejected the ‘regulated means trained’ argument for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that they can’t (won’t) answer the question of who is responsible for the ‘training’. Mostly (like in Heller v. DC) they skirt the question as completely as possible. What has not been argued, nor denied, is that the “state” has due right of ‘regulation’ over militias. Insert training if you like; the upshot is the same.

          You should spend more time tracking court rulings and less time listening to Gary Marbut.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 10, 2012 8:42 PM at 8:42 PM |

      “Try picking up a constitution and educating yourself about the role an armed millitia plays in the free society”,

      Thus spaketh Drildo the dildo!

      Now dildo, THAT it an assinine statement if there if WAS one! Would you mind explaining just WHERE in U.S. history an “armed militia” played a role in our country’s freedom? Or ANY country, Dildo!

      Is little jonny trochman and the militia of michigan REALLY gonna save us? bwhahhaahhaaa! Too funny, drildo. Yes, you made an ass of yourself with that statement above. Time to put up or look like the ass you are forEVER on this forum!

  15. There are a lot of people in Sanders County who seem to think that black flies buzzing around huckleberries that have pass through the bear are micro-helicopters with hidden U.N. markings, spying on patriots whose weaponry and military acumen present an existential threat to the New World Order.

  16. Hrs to believe no one has yet commented on the thinly veiled threat the show host makes toward federal game wardens! Who is this host? What show is he from, and why doesn’t the video say? He is only somewhat killing about shooting a public employee?

  17. Hard to believe rather.

  18. Dear Cowgirl,
    Regardless of what the likes of Fielder, Hinkle (Sen. Spearchucker), his bill remember, or Olfert are up to, the best thing revealed at last night’s candi forum in Noxon was how well informed the citizens were and are. They are sharp and they are not putting up with this stuff. Many a woman from all parts of the political spectrum have dropped their past political alliance and formed Women for a Better Sanders County. They just paid for a full page ad denouncing the SNaRC in the Sanders County Ledger, and a half page ad in the Clark Fork Valley Press. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and there are some really PO’d women in this county about the SNaRC, and they will not go quietly.

    John Marshall

  19. Thanks for the nod to Women for a Better Sanders County, John! Have to clarify, though, that the newly formed non-partisan PAC called Truth Matters actually did the ads you mentioned. WBSC did pay for the informative ad about Coordination, as their mission has been defined around bringing information to people and letting them make up their own minds. You can be sure there’s a lot of crossover in the PAC membership. It’s an impressive sight to see 170+ names signing that full page statement for truthful community discourse!

  20. Welcome commenters and thanks for adding to the discussion! Its interesting to hear the local perspective on these races.

  21. Fielder has lied on so many small thing that have no meaning but if you lie sbout the small stuff what else is she hidding? Fielder moved here because she liked the area now we are not going the way she want us to so she had to run to show us the ways of our errors. I think fielder should go back Washington state , but maybe they don’t want her there. Fielder can stand under the pressure of people in this community how do you think she will stand in Helena ? Peggy Johnson asked the hard questions and fielder could not answer them.

  22. Well, this post has grown old, so I don’t know if anyone is still reading these comments, but I gather that Candidate Fielder is not going to retract her support of SNRC. And that group has doubled down on their terribly misguided “information” campaign. This week, they published an ad thinking they were showing something terribly threatening – a map of existing roadless areas in our county. Not any areas that are considered for road closures – places there have never been roads built, ever. You know – places where people hunt for the big elk, because the big elk live where there AREN’T ROADS. I don’t know what they thought they’d prove, but that’s the same map Fielder flashed at last week’s candidate forum in Noxon, warning of some great nebulous threat from the big bad guys out there…

    Anyway, I would have been the first to credit Fielder if she was willing to distance herself from this crap. But she apparently isn’t.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 18, 2012 7:53 PM at 7:53 PM |

      Carolyn, great post! And very informative. Allow me if I may. Ms. Fiddler identifies herself as a “christian”. Just what the hell does THAT mean?

      Well, I happen to speak rightwing wacko and fundiwackmentalist too. When one CLAIMS to be a “christian”, they’re REALLY saying that HEY, I’m the biggest corporate pimp around!

      And that’s all that this Fiddler woman is saying. She’s a freakin’ outta state moron who wants to get in on the corporate gravy train by SUCKING up to the corporate fascists in an attempt to enrich herself!

      She’s a sad, pathetic, venal, disgusting woman! That’s all. How DARE she move her and attempt this shit?! Did she REALLY think that she’s the second coming to save Montana? What a laffable dumbass.

  23. Thanks for your comment and the update. I think people are definitely interested, as this post is on the list of the top 5 most viewed posts even though it was posted over a week ago.

  24. What are you talking about? John never says anything about Sanders National Recsource Council being related to any sort of millitia. He’s a member that’s all. Is Costco also part of the milittia because he has a membership with them too?

    • Number one, I guess you didn’t listen to the radio show Cowgirl linked to. He certainly DOES mention SNRC as related.
      Number two, Trochman is one of the main faces of the SNRC at the commissioners, spouting all kinds of conspiratorial nonsense. He’s not just a member. He’s one of the founders apparently, and main speakers going forth. No wonder they refuse to disclose their leadership or any members.

  25. Mr. Olfert passed away from a massive heart attack this morning. You would be well advised to direct your attacks to other individuals you like to call “all-time nut jobs” now.

    These aren’t the Rick Hills and Bullocks and Rehbergs and Testers and Romney level people you’re attacking, quite often they’re well-meaning small-town rural folk who actually believe in their communities and want to do right by them.

    Disagree, banter policy, argue philosophy to the nth degree. That’s great and welcome. But using your brand of playing to the wild and extreme to gain hits and comments has real effects in our small communities.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 20, 2012 6:49 AM at 6:49 AM |

      What nonsense! Please explain how pointing out the crazy has “real effects in small communities”. That’s just pure nonsense. Small town crazy is NOT “well meaining”. Small town crazy often times converts into BIG time crazy, especially in Helena. Most of the crazyass legislation in Helena is introduced by folks from the small, rural communities. And hence, small town crazy is INDEED a legitimate topic of discussion. Small towns are incubators of the crazy. What passes for well meaing in East Overshoe, Montana is NOT necessarily relevant to the state as a whole.

      But hey, feel free to be specific. List those adverse effects you see by pointing out the crazy anywhere.

      And for the record, I’ve SEEN small town crazy up close and personal, and it’s ugly. There is NOTHING particularly redeeming or insightful about small town crazy.

      I hardly think that Michigan transplant and world class crazy jonny trochman has anything to offer Montana other than crazy! What special “well meaning” rural traits do you see THIS dude possessing?

      I would suggest that if you don’t like what’s written here, don’t read it. This site killed no one. People die. We ALL die. It’s nuthin’ new.

  26. Got it, Larry.

  27. If Mr. Olfort died, Mark Sheets, Carolyn Hidy, MT Cowgirl and others better find a good lawyer.

    Wrongful death suits can go up into the millions.

    Not to mention possible criminal penalties for targeting a private citizen and causing his death.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 21, 2012 5:08 PM at 5:08 PM |

      YEEEEEEEEEha! The written word is as DEADLY as a .44 between the eyebrows! What a freakin’ DUMBASS you are, cowturd!

      Not to worry, dufus. You see, voodoo and doo doo are ’bout the same in the eyes of the law! bwhwhhahahahahaaaa!

      God GOD you’re a freakin’ MORON, man!

      But here, here’s some godly advice for you inbreds!

      Mittens and Bring’em Young on statutory RAPE! Sixteen will get ya HEAVEN in the Moron religeeon! They didn’t call him Bring’em Young for no reason you know! They younger the better for gettin’ one’s horny old ass into planet KOLOB!

    • Really, Cowboy, and I say this with all “due” respect, its time for you to put down the crack pipe. I understand that there are some decent treatment centers in the Spokane area.

    • Excuse me, Mr. Olfert was not killed. By me or anyone else. I wish Ron hadn’t died. I wish people could see both sides of these things. I wish Because I called out the SNRC does not make me a murderer. Because I read MTCowgirl and clicked on her link to listen to John Trochman explain SNRC does not make me a murderer. Please retract that.

  28. What a load of bullshit. You think blog comments murdered someone. Get a freaking life.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 21, 2012 5:15 PM at 5:15 PM |

      The mighty righties have been beaten up on me for years, but I’m a hard dyin’ kinda guy! And it hurt’s their litte feelin’s when I LAFF MY ASS off at them.

      Maybe this dude that hopped the twig should’a watched his diet and JOGGED a little more! Ya never know!

      But bein’ outed for bein’ a wingnut is CERTIAINLY no reason to go and die!

      Nutjobs. Whatcha gonna do with’em!

      Hell, I’m damn suPRISED that ol’ lardassed. blubberbutted birther BLOB BOB is still among the living! If ANYONE deserves to go, it’s THAT human cholesterol blob!

  29. Kevin Tackleberry | October 22, 2012 1:08 PM at 1:08 PM |

    Ron died from a pulmonary embolism, not this blog or anyone here. We’ll all be worm food soon enough, everyone leaves this earth. Take a look inside yourself, where will you go when you die?

    Politics is stormy mess; everyone has an opinion, and gets angry. Attacking views, policies, votes, and laws is what we do. SNRC says one thing, WBSC says another thing. Having strong beliefs, coming from opposite sides makes for exciting debates, but the childish insults are disappointing. I’ll be watching for more meetings with the SNRC and the WBSC. Are there any other ones out there?

  30. In more than 12 years of reading blogs, I’d thought I’d seen pretty much everything. I’ve seen relationships bloom, relationships die, betrayal, redemption, accusation, love and hatred. I’ve seen bullying lead to suicide, I’ve seen murderers post their intent before committing their heinous crime. I’ve witnessed rage lead to threats of violence, the commission of violence, restraining orders and police action. I’ve seen many people claim that decency is required towards the issues facing those thoroughly despicable individuals who’s health is challenged for no reason other that it’s the decent thing to do (circular argument). But this is new.

    Not once, til now, have I ever witnessed people so stupid as to accuse that a mention in a blog post caused someone else to stroke out of this life.

  31. p.s. When I finally have my very well-earned stroke/heart attack, I want every left wing blogger I’ve encountered (which is a prodigious number) to claim it was caused by the painful effort of having to deal with stupid right wingnut commenters.

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