A birther who once tried to organize a national “Usurpathon” to unseat President Obama is taking to the road to obstruct a water rights agreement between Montana and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
The militia-affiliated Sanders County Resource Council (SNaRC) is bringing the Concerned Citizens of Western Montana to Thompson Falls for a Town Hall meeting. The Concerned Citizens of Western Montana is lead by Terry Backs and Catherine “Kate” Vandemoer. Vandemoer serves as a consultant to this group and its likely that she’s the “specialist” the ad refers too.
Besides campaigning against tribal sovereignty, Vandemoer is also known for her campaign to unseat President Obama, with a national event she called “The Usurpathon.” Vandemoer attempted to organize 10,000 TEA Partiers and birthers from across the U.S. to descend on Washington and unseat “the Usurper,” President Obama.
“Out from the depths, out of every seam on the sidewalk, from every neglected corner, from the ether we come–filled with the mission of thousands, and the intention of millions to begin the usurpathon–the siege and removal of the Obama administration.”
Unfortunately for Vandemoer, only two people showed up for the Usurpathon. (She claimed after the fact that she intended only two people to show up because more than three people would have required her to get a government permit.)
Now, the Usurpathoner’s group will keynote the second round of Town Hall meetings organized by Sanders County Resource Council. Their first town hall meeting spree exposed the ominous threat of bear-activated satellite surveillance systems. GOP vice-Chair Jennifer Fielder led the meetings.
An ad in this week’s Sanders County Ledger reads:
Information about the ongoing debate over water use and control in Western Montana
Concerned Citizens of Western Montana [link is mine]
LEARN THE FACTS FROM SPECIALISTS
Monday, June 24, 2013
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Rex Theater, 1033 Main St.
Downtown Thompson Falls
Sanders Natural Resource Council
Contact: Carolyn Pierson, Secretary, SNRC 827-****
As Cowgirl readers know, Fielder, who is also a Montana legislator, and John Trochman, founder of the Militia of Montana, are co-leaders of the Sanders County Resource Council. Fielder is on the group’s board of directors, according to her website. Here’s the screenshot in case this gets taken down.
Trochmann founded the Militia of Montana in the 1990s 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.” He’s a big figure in the national militia movement. And the Sanders County Resource Council was formed by Trochmann specifically to serve as a front group for militia activity. We know this because Trochmann admitted it, in a radio interview, in which he explains that for legal reasons, he now conducts much of his militia-oriented activity under the guise of several new groups, SNRC among them.
As the Human Rights Network reports, the Militia of Montana was started by a bunch of low-lifes with ties to white supremacists.
John Trochmann and members of his family started the Militia of Montana (MOM) in 1994. Prior to founding MOM, Trochmann spoke at and attended meetings at Idaho’s Aryan Nations. In the mid-1990s as MOM attempted to portray itself as mainstream, Trochmann tried desperately to distance himself and MOM from racist beliefs and Aryan Nations. Richard Butler, leader of Aryan Nations, responded with a letter asking why Trochmann lied about the number of times he had visited the hate group. The letter also stated Trochmann attended several of the group’s Bible studies and helped draft a code of conduct for the Aryan Nations compound. Over the years, MOM distributed material by well-known white supremacists, racist websites, and activists who deny the Holocaust. Its newsletter also published articles claiming Jewish people are the “synagogue of Satan” and control the government.
MOM grew out of another group Trochmann helped organize, United Citizens for Justice (UCJ), the MHRN reports. Some well-known white supremacists were leaders of the UCJ. They included a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, an editor of a “Christian Identity” magazine (that’s the religion of the Aryan Nations), and a former leader of the Texas Ku Klux Klan. This group eventually folded due to infighting, and reformed as the Militia of Montana.
And Trochmann isn’t the only Sanders County Resource Council activist with a history of involvement with white supremacist militia types. Again from the MHRN report: “Ed Dosh is a [Sanders County Resource Council] activist. A longtime MOM member, Dosh worked the gun-show and preparedness expo circuit with the group during the 1990s. He’s been a close associate of John Trochmann ever since. Dosh was also a founding member of the Church of True Israel, a white supremacist group that splintered off from Aryan Nations in the mid-1990s.”
Anyway, the last time the Sanders Natural Resource Council (pronounced “SNaRC” by locals) held a town hall, they shared their beliefs 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, as Trochmann explained in the same radio interview linked to above:
“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.”