According to its website, Operation Mutual Aid provides “defense of public and private property, lives, and liberty to exercise God-given rights, seen plainly in the laws of Nature, and codified in the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, at the request of such parties in need of such defense.”
In 1998, a federal court ordered Cliven Bundy to cease grazing his livestock on an area of federal land known as the Bunkerville Allotment, and required him to pay the federal government $200 per day per head of cattle remaining on federal lands. Fifteen years later, Bundy continued to defy this court order. In April 2014 the government hired wranglers to round up Bundy’s livestock, impounding a total of 352 cattle, causing a tense standoff broke out between a group of Bundy’s supporters and federal rangers armed with stun guns and police dogs. Operation Mutual Aid Militia provided 100-150 militiamen to challenge BLM's law enforcement officers.
Video: 2014 Interview with Cliven Bundy's Militia Representative, Ryan Payne, adviser and organizer for Operation Mutual Aid, a national organization of militia and patriotic citizens "who have taken the stand between tyrants and the oppressed."
The New York Times overheard Cliven Bundy—the Nevada rancher who, instead of paying decades of overdue grazing fees, met the Bureau of Land management with guns and a small militia—saying this:
"I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, "and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn't have nothing to do. They didn't have nothing for their kids to do. They didn't have nothing for their young girls to do.
"And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?" he asked. "They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I've often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn't get no more freedom. They got less freedom."