How the Oregon militia standoff became a battle with a Native American tribe
The press conferences were spaced two hours apart on Wednesday – one by armed militia leader Ammon Bundy, the other by a local Paiute Indian tribal leader. They expressed competing visions for the future of a swath of federally managed land in rural south-eastern Oregon.
At issue: who has more of a say over the contested Malheur national wildlife refuge? A band of mostly out-of-state commandos who have seized control of the property to make a point with the federal government, or Native Americans whose ancestors have lived on the land for thousands of years?