Originally Posted by mgardner
The syntax of this sentence denotes ownership?
Yes, and I know what you mean. But really, no one owned the land, so the ranchers can't say it's theirs any more than the Feds can. But if the Department of Energy (let the reader understand: you know what I'm talking about if you've been places that you can't talk much about) wants the land, they can (and apparently did) go to court over it. So the ranchers can't use it. If they want, they should try to buy it. Otherwise they have no claim.
But I am
against the Feds or any government acting like they own us
. They never will. They may act like it sometimes, but the truth is they don't.