Secretary of Interior Ryan K. Zinke fails to do his duty under law
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The Land Act of February 11, 1805, 2 Stat. 313, says the original government surveys must be on record at all times. The law is not being upheld in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The law is codified in Title 43 U.S.C. 751, 752, it is the Secretary of Interior's job to ensure the surveys are in the place of sale i.e. U.S. Virgin Islands since the year 1916. The recording of the surveys will impact the entire U.S. because if the original government surveys are not on record it causes confusion and land theft. If it is happening in the United States Virgin Islands, it can happen in N.Y., Conn. Vt. N.J. everywhere in the United States.
Please demand that Ryan K. Zinke, the 52nd Secretary of Interior do his job under the law. The U.S. Supreme Court holding is, as stated by Justice Catron in the case of Haydel v. Dufresne, is that "great confusion and litigation would ensue if the judicial tribunals, state and federal, were permitted to interfere and overthrow the public surveys on no other ground than an opinion that they could have the work in the field better done and divisions more equitably made than the department of public lands could do."
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