Burns Paiute Tribal Council calls on armed protesters to leave Oregon standoff site
BURNS, Ore. — Ammon Bundy says he's ventured into Harney County to help the region get lands back from the federal government and thrive. So do the members of his band of anti-government protesters and armed self-styled militiamen, who are occupying a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon.
But as the occupation enters its fifth day, calls are growing for Bundy and his group to peacefully leave the headquarters of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which is about 32 miles south of Burns, a small city of about 2,800 people. The Burns Paiute Tribal Council on Wednesday called on the group to leave the refuge, saying its presence desecrates the tribe's ancestral land and endangers the community.