Armed anti-government militiamen seize federal wildlife refuge in Oregon | News | DW.COM | 03.01.2016

Many locals in Burns want the Bundy family to leave

The sentencing has stirred controversy in a tight-knit rural community and reignited a long-running dispute between ranchers and the federal government over grazing land.The Hammonds’ case has drawn the attention of far-right, anti-government groups , including the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.Previous standoffBacked by right-wing militia, the Bundy family challenged the federal government in a 2014 standoff after the federal Bureau of Land Management tried to remove cattle from public grazing land.Bundy owed more than $1 million in arrears to the government after not paying leasing fees for some 20 years. The Bureau ultimately handed back the cattle and federal agents withdrew.Taking up the Hammonds’ cause, Ammon Bundy and other militiamen arrived in Burns in December. Ammon told “The Oregonian” the militiamen demanded the Hammonds be released from prison.

Source: Armed anti-government militiamen seize federal wildlife refuge in Oregon | News | DW.COM | 03.01.2016

Misunderstandings

While it isn’t a good thing to constantly relive the past, I find that remembering and retelling the story helps me view situations with different lenses, new perspectives, and under different lighting. While sometimes that colors a memory badly, occasionally there are times when we must stand corrected, and acknowledge we were wrong…
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