:: OUR MISSION ::
THE MINERS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
The Council’s mission is; 1: Bring together all the groups and organizations that are fighting for the same thing. 2: Organize, modernize, institute and Unify all Nation-Wide Mining Districts. 3: Minerals and Mining to be recognized as Federal Mineral Grantees and Federal Public Land Stakeholders. 4: To recognize the Federal Mining Districts.
Strength is in harmonious numbers committed to the same beliefs.
MMAC shall assist in the voice of the mining districts providing guidance and balance to the important strategic mineral, metal and rare earth homeland needs and mining interests as they are intended to coexist with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). MMAC is not one person making decisions on behalf of the Mining Districts. It is you, the claim holders who are represented by someone of your choosing through elections. Each Mining District will elect their own representative and this representative will answer to you.
This is a true representative form of government the way our forefathers intended our great country to be. To accomplish this mission, MMAC will tear off the bonds of over-regulation, duplication, confusion, agency and group interference, reduce paperwork, cut down on lawsuits, remove flawed analysis and information, cut state and federal spending, clarify who is in charge, and establish a true working relationship with the BLM. The Mining Districts and the BLM can work together managing the public lands for minerals and mining, and shall be the only two recognized management agencies for minerals and mining. In completion of this mutual coexistence, they will be creating thousands of brand new long-term, high-paying jobs, ie: mining, parts, vendors, manufacturing, rentals, wholesalers and retailers. “Remember if it is not grown, it’s mined”.
We all have many concerns with the seemingly endless regulations, closures of public lands and a litany of other issues. MMAC, formed by miners for miners will be the uniting force to stop these. It is you who decides who your leaders are in MMAC, not some nameless, faceless people whom you do not know.
Recreationists will also see the benefit. Roads to mining claims not only provide necessary access for miners, but also provide access for fishing, hunting, off-roading, hiking and mountain biking, or just getting somewhere to see and enjoy all nature has to offer.
Mining is a right guaranteed under General Mining law. The Multiple Surface Use Act 30 U.S.C. section 612(b) guarantees the right of access to mining claims and adjacent properties, to prospect, mine and extract without any unreasonable material interference.
If Recreation, Off-Roading, Hunting, Ranching, Cattlemen and outdoor enthusiast all get together, we can take back our Public Lands, Stop Future Land Designations, correct the unprecedented spending of our government, states and counties and create hundreds of thousands of brand new long-term, high paying jobs.
Declaration of Miners
It is hereby declared by the power vested by the Congress of the United States: When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security -- Such has been the patient sufferance of these Miners; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present unconstitutional 4th Branch of (agency) government has a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over Miners. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
Whereas the Agencies have:
Refused the assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good:
Collaborated with unelected bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the mining district properties, in order to conspire against the individual property interest of the miners for the sole purpose of fatiguing miners into compliance with vague measures and decisions made without the miners interests represented:
Not been accountable, through election, to the public at large in enacting rules and regulations:
Not been accountable, through election, to the public at large in enforcing rules and regulations:
Declared themselves vested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever, regardless of invasions on the rights of the miner previously granted by Congress.
Made millions of acres of new appropriations of lands off limits to the resource needs of the miner, the public and their national security:
Erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of armed officers to harass our miners, and eat out their substance:
Kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our local elected Sheriffs:
Combined with others in the United Nations to subject us to a jurisdiction and agenda foreign to our United States Constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving their assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
Imposed onerous taxes and permit fees on miners without their consent:
Imposed onerous, prohibitive, duplicative, conflictive and standardless regulations:
Imposed onerous permits, then refuse to issues them in a timely fashion or at all:
Imposed regulatory schemes to entrap miners under criminal citations:
Refused to provide pre or post deprivation hearings prior to demanding the cessation of miner’s livelihoods:
Deprived miners in most cases, of the benefits of trial by jury and of their own peers:
Cited miners and forcing them to drive to distant courts to be tried for pretended offences for the sole purpose of fatiguing miners into compliance with convoluted terms of an arbitrary nature, in disrespect of the miners Congressional granted rights:
Commandeered miner’s claims under the ruse of potential wildlife habitat, public safety, and burning the miner’s cabins, and improvements to the ground without notice:
Incited domestic insurrections amongst us, and against agents:
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. An agency whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
We have warned individual agents from time to time of attempts by their agency to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our legal status, Congressionally granted property interests and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
We, therefore, the representatives of the Mining Districts of the United States of America, assembled, by authority of the United States Congress, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Mining Districts are, and of Right ought to be free and independent of the agencies; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the other multitude of federal, state and local agencies, and that all political connection between them ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent Mining Districts, they have full power by act of Congress, to levy the rules and regulations governing the mining lands, enter into contract alliances, establish memorandums of understanding, and to do all other acts and things which independent mining districts may of right do subject to federal congressional law.
Signatories by State and District: