“The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge has been a long and traumatic episode for the citizens of Harney County and the members of the Burns Paiute tribe. It is a time for healing, reconciliation amongst neighbors and friends, and allowing for life to get back to normal. I want to thank our neighbors in eastern Oregon for their patience, resolve, and their kind and welcoming spirit to the many members of federal, county, state, local, and tribal law enforcement who have worked tirelessly to bring this illegal occupation to a conclusion. The fine work of so many dedicated public servants in a difficult endeavor cannot be understated. I am very proud of them all,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon.
“Much work is left to assess the crime scene and damage to the refuge and tribal artifacts. We are committed to seeing the job done and to pursue justice for the crimes committed during the illegal occupation.”
I’m anxious to see what kind of condition the refuge is in. These wildlife refuges are so beautiful and important and truly one of America’s best ideas. Birders, wildlife photographers, Paiute tribe members, hikers, and just nature lovers in general, have joined together to volunteer to help clean-up any destruction and also to help the staff catch up on time they lost for refuge management projects, like the invasive carp species they’ve been working to eradicate and contain. “This Land is Your Land…”
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