Paiute lead­er­wants armed group to leave

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

burns, ore. » The leader of an Amer­i­can In­dian tribe that re­gards an Ore­gon na­ture pre­serve as sa­cred is­sued a re­buke Wed­nes­day to the armed men­who are oc­cu­py­ing the property, say­ing they are not wel­come at the snowy bird sanc­tu­ary and must leave.

The Burns Paiute tribe was the lat­est group to speak out against the men, who have taken sev­eral build­ings at the pre­serve to protest poli­cies gov­ern­ing the use of fed­eral land in the West.

“The pro­test­ers have no right to this land. It be­longs to the na­tive peo­ple who live here,” tribal leader Char­lotte Ro­drique said.

She spoke at a news con­fer­ence at the tribe’s cul­tural cen­ter, about a half- hour drive fromMal­heurNa­tion­alWildlife Refuge, which is be­ing oc­cu­pied by some 20 men led by Am­mon Bundy, whose fa­ther Cliven was at the cen­ter of a stand­off in Ne­vada with fed­eral of­fi­cials in 2014 over use of pub­lic lands.

Am­mon Bundy is de­mand­ing that the refuge be handed over to lo­cals.

Ro­drique said she “had to laugh” at the de­mand, be­cause she knew Bundy was not talk­ing about giv­ing the land to the tribe.

The 13,700- acre Burns Paiute Reser­va­tion is north of the re­mote town of Burns in Ore­gon sage­brush coun­try.

The reser­va­tion is sep­a­rate from the wildlife refuge, but tribal mem­bers con­sider it part of their an­ces­tral land.

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