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Jacqueline Keeler: Burns Paiute Tribe concerned about artifacts

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Photo from Facebook

The armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon enters yet another week as leaders of the Burns Paiute Tribe raise concerns about artifacts at the land that was once promised to their ancestors, Jacqueline Keeler reports for Indian Country Today:
This weekend, Burns Paiute tribal chairperson Charlotte Roderique spoke to Indian Country Today Media Network about the status of the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, “We are really worried about the status of the artifacts down there.”

On Friday, the tribe delivered a letter to federal agencies including the U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service demanding prosecution of Ammon Bundy and other armed militants occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, “If the occupiers disturb, damage, remove, alter, or deface any archaeological resource on the refuge property.

There are approximately 4,000 artifacts belonging to the tribe in the buildings the militants are holding. The occupation is entering its third week.

The tribe is demanding federal action under both the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 and a "protection against bad men” provision in the treaty the tribe signed with the United States in 1868.

Under ARPA, a federal law authorizing law enforcement and penalties in the defense of archeological sites on public land, removing artifacts is a felony offense. First time offenders can be fined up to $20,000 and imprisoned for up to one year. Second time offenders can be fined up to $100,000 and imprisoned for up to 5 years.

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Jacqueline Keeler: Oregon Militia Nuts Hold Paiute History, Artifacts Hostage (Indian Country Today 1/19)

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Oregon standoff Day 18: What you need to know Tuesday (The Oregonian 1/19)
Rural Oregon’s Lost Prosperity Gives Standoff a Distressed Backdrop (The New York Times 1/19)
Burns Paiute Tribe Sounds Off About Oregon Standoff At Malheur Wildlife Center (The Inquisitr 1/18)
Burns Paiute Tribe: Oregon Occupiers Might Sell Sacred Artifacts On eBay (The Inquisitr 1/17)
The 'hostages' of Oregon standoff: 4,000 Paiute artifacts? (The Christian Science Monitor 1/17)
‘Who knows what they’re stomping on?’: Tribe worried about Ore. refuge artifacts (The Washington Post 1/17)
Oregon protester arrested as tribe calls for group's removal (UPI 1/16)

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