The Oregon Standoff: Understanding LaVoy Finicum’s Death & the Management of BLM Land

When one talks about the Bundy Family, the first thing that springs to mind is the standoff in Nevada in 2014. However, perhaps even more important is the standoff and occupation at Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Indeed, the two events are often conflated because Ammon Bundy is the son of Cliven Bundy, the man who stood up to the federal government over “grazing fees” on Bureau of Land Management land.

The occupation was a highlight for both the militia and the sovereign citizen movement as well as proponents of states’ rights. The main argument from those occupying the land is that the federal government is mandated by law to turn over the land that they manage to the individual states in which the land sits. This, they argued, was particularly true of the Bureau of Land ManagementUnited States Forestry Service, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service land.

The 2016 Oregon standoff was over two ranchers convicted of arson on federal lands – despite the fact that the men, a father and son pair named Dwight and Steven Dwight Hammond, did not want their support.

Harney County in rural eastern Oregon is one of the largest counties in the United States by land mass, but one of the smallest when it comes to population. With a mere 7,700 people, cows outnumber humans in Harney by a factor of 14-to-1. Nearly three quarters of the land in the county is federally managed. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was established by then-President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908. It’s a large area of the county and surrounding area at 187,757 acres.

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3 thoughts on “The Oregon Standoff: Understanding LaVoy Finicum’s Death & the Management of BLM Land

  1. So , who’s taking responsibility for murdering Lavoy

    And when does the trial start ?

    Cause at this point I don’t give two fcks about no government fcks and their version of shit

    Hang em all

    1. Your goddamned right EOTS, Lavoy was murdered, cold blood, the Son of a Bitch who murdered him is walking free, drinking beer at the local pub like he thinks he got away with it. I won’t rest until that piece of shit swings.

  2. “First, it is yet another example of how an armed population can sway the hand of government.”

    Swaying isn’t enough.

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