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Armed occupation of wildlife refuge in Oregon ends with arrests

A scene at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. Photo from The Anti-Media / Facebook

Update: The armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon officially ended with the arrests of the last four occupants. "No one was injured, and no shots were fired," the FBI said in a statement.

“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," said U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams.

Cliven Bundy, the patriarch of an anti-government movement, was arrested in Oregon on Wednesday as an armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon nears its conclusion.

Bundy, 74, was booked into the Multnomah County jail, the same facility where his two sons -- Ammon and Ryan -- are detained for leading the takeover of the refuge. According to news reports, he will be facing federal charges in connection with a different standoff at his ranch in Nevada in 2014.

Meanwhile, the FBI in Portland said it surrounded the last four holdouts of the Malheur protest. According to news reports, they plan to surrender on Thursday after 41 days at the site.

The Bundys have been involved in a series of high-profile anti-government protests, including one in which ancestral tribal sites in Utah were damaged. The family argues that federal lands should be transferred to non-Indians and local governments, usually ignoring tribal views in the process.

A few days before the Oregon occupation began on January 2, Cliven Bundy claimed that the land in and around the refuge was taken from non-Indian ranchers. Although he acknowledged that it originally had been set aside as a reservation for the Burns Paiute Tribe, he did not explain how the Paiute people lost the land -- all 1.78 million acres were in fact taken by the federal government.

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy arrested by FBI in Portland (The Oregonian 2/11)
Oregon standoff Day 41: What you need to know Thursday (The Oregonian 2/11)
FBI Arrests Cliven Bundy As Pressure Mounts On 4 Remaining Wildlife Refuge Occupiers (NPR 2/11)
Cliven Bundy arrested in Portland as Oregon occupiers say they will surrender (The Washington Post 2/11)
F.B.I. Agents Encircle Holdouts at Oregon Standoff (The New York Times 2/11)

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