LaVoy Finicum Killed In Shootout As Feds Move In On Oregon Militia Leaders

Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum, left, and Ammon Bundy, Militia Leader in Oregon.

Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum, left, and Ammon Bundy, Militia Leader in Oregon.

By Red Power Media, Staff

Leaders of armed occupation at the Oregon wildlife refuge arrested

One person is dead and 8 people arrested — including militia leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy — after the FBI and the Oregon State Police moved in on the group along a highway.

The militiamen were driving to a community meeting in John Day – 70 miles from Burns – when they were stopped by police, about 4:25 p.m.

Video: Bundy brothers arrested in traffic stop by FBI, OSP

Within minutes, shots were fired, wounding Ryan Bundy and killing militia spokesman LaVoy Finicum.

It is not clear who opened fire first.

Bundy Ranch, on its Facebook page, said in a post Tuesday evening that Arizona resident Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, author of the novel Only by Blood and Suffering, was shot and killed during the encounter.

In a statement, those arrested in the initial event were:

• Ammon Edward Bundy, 40, of Emmett, Idaho
• Ryan C. Bundy, 43, of Bunkerville, Nev.
• Brian Cavalier, 44, of Bunkerville, Nev.
• Shawna Cox, 59, Kanab, Utah
• Ryan Waylen Payne, 32, of Anaconda, Mont.

Also arrested, in Burns, at about 5:50 p.m., was:

• Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Ariz.

Officials said all six of those arrested face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

Later Tuesday the FBI announced two other arrests resulting in the confrontation, bringing the total number of those arrested to eight.

The FBI said 50-year-old Peter Santilli of Cincinnati was arrested at 6:30 p.m. in Burns.

And at 8:30 p.m. the FBI’s Phoenix Division made a probable cause arrest of Jon Eric Ritzheimer, 32, who turned himself into the Peoria, Ariz., police department.

From top left, booking photographs of Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox, From bottom left, Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, Ryan Payne, Jon Eric Ritzheimer and Peter Santilli. Credit Multnomah County Sheriff

From top left, booking photographs of Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox, From bottom left, Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, Ryan Payne, Jon Eric Ritzheimer and Peter Santilli. Credit Multnomah County Sheriff

The wounded Bundy brother was taken to a local hospital. He was subsequently arrested and taken into custody.

The militia leaders angry about federal land use policy took over the buildings at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge more than three weeks ago

Local authorities, Native Americans and other residents had urged Bundy’s group to leave peacefully.

The Burns Paiute Tribe wanted federal officials to stop the armed occupiers from traveling back and forth to the Wildlife Refuge, fearing tribal artifacts will go missing or the group would disturb burial grounds.

Today’s alleged arrests come after an Army veteran was arrested for a DUI while he was heading to join the militia, — Joseph Arthur Stetson, 54, was caught on video threatening to kill cops on Monday as he was driving to the Wildlife Refuge.

More militiamen from around the country drove in truck by truck to join the cause on January 20.

Law enforcement also converged on the wildlife refuge after today’s arrests and were expected to remain at the site throughout the night; it was unclear how many people, if any, remained in the buildings.

Live Video: from DefendYourBase inside the Malheur Wildlife Refuge

Burns Paiute Tribe Says Militia Must Leave Native Land (VIDEO)

 Burns Paiute Tribal Chairperson Charlotte Rodrique talks to reporters about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., on Wednesday. Manuel Valdes/AP

Burns Paiute Tribal Chairperson Charlotte Rodrique talks to reporters about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., on Wednesday.
Manuel Valdes/AP

By Red Power Media, Staff

Tribal council’s Sergeant-at-Arms says Bundy’s Militia not wanted 

The leader of an Native American tribe whose ancestral land is being occupied by a small, group of self-styled militiamen, opposed to federal land policy said the occupiers aren’t welcome and must leave.

The Burns Paiute tribe was the latest group to speak out against the armed men, who have taken several buildings at a wildlife refuge in Oregon, 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.

Video: The leader of an Oregon Paiute Indian tribe joined the chorus of local residents calling for the armed militia camped out at a local federal wildlife refuge to give up their fight and go home..

She spoke at a news conference on Wednesday at the tribe’s cultural center, about half-hour drive from Malheur National Wildlife 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.

Bundy is demanding that the refuge be “returned” to the people of Harney County.

Rodrique says that she is “offended by occupiers’ statements about returning the land to its rightful owners,” OPB, Amanda Peacher reports.

“You know, who are the rightful owners?” says Rodrique. “It just really rubs me the wrong way that we have a bunch of misinformed people in here — they’re not the original owners.”

The tribe once occupied a large swath of land that includes the Malheur National Wildlife refuge — archaeological evidence dates back 6,000 years — but they were forced out in the late 1870s.

The tribal council’s Sergeant-at-Arms Jarvis Kennedy took a much more direct approach towards the occupiers (see video above), saying “They just need to get the hell out of here, I’m sorry. Because we didn’t ask them here. We don’t want them here.”

“We as Harney County residents don’t need some clown to come in here and stand up for us,” he said.

Rodrique and Kennedy said the Paiute people spent their winters in the area long before settlers, ranchers and trappers arrived.

Rodrique says the tribe signed a federal treaty in 1868 and expected the government to honor the agreement to protect their interests, though the U.S. Senate never approved it.

Ammon Bundy, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, arrives for a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. With the takeover entering its fourth day Wednesday, authorities had not removed the group of roughly 20 people from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon's high desert country. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Ammon Bundy, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, arrives for a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Despite the tribe’s request for the protesters to leave the refuge, one of groups leaders told BuzzFeed News they had no intention of leaving at the moment, though he called the tribe’s role in the issue important.

“When it comes to the tribes, I actually have some native blood in me,” LaVoy Finicum told BuzzFeed News. “Those claims are important, but you must make a claim, you must have continual use of the land, and you must defend it.”

He said ranchers continued to have rights to the land, and that the group occupying the refuge would continue to demand them.

“If we ranchers lose our rights, we’ll go the way of all Indians,” he told BuzzFeed News.

Sean Anderson, of Idaho, a supporter of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, stands by the front gate Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, near Burns, Ore. With the takeover entering its fourth day Wednesday, authorities had not removed the group of roughly 20 people from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon's high desert country. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sean Anderson, of Idaho, a supporter of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, stands by the front gate Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, near Burns, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The motley militia, which calls itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, started the now five-day occupation of the refuge near Burns, operated by the US Fish and Game Service; after staging a rally on behalf of two local ranchers who were imprisoned on federal arson charges.

Authorities had not yet moved to oust the group, but the Bundys and militia members reportedly begun taking defensive positions in preparation for a raid, blockading a nearby road with government vehicles.

“The (FBI) has assured me that those at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will at some point face charges,” Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward told NBC News. A representative for the FBI, told MSNBC there is “no information regarding arrests” and said he could not confirm Ward’s assertion.

According to Reuters‎, authorities have been told to avoid a violent confrontation, in line with official U.S. policy after deadly clashes in the 1990s, said three Obama administration officials.

Clashes in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992 and Waco, Texas, in 1993 turned violent and dozens of people were killed. Since then, the FBI and other agencies have adopted more patient, flexible tactics, stressing negotiation over confrontation.

Bundy’s Militia Isn’t Defending Liberty, They’re Occupying Sacred Native American Land

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Irony lost.

The armed right-wing insurrectionists who have taken over a federal building in Oregon are claiming to protest “tyranny” by the federal government in how the Bureau of Land Management treats ranchers on federal property. This particular group of armed white men seizing land and claiming “oppression” is clearly lacking in knowledge of American history, and what actually defines “tyranny.”

As Indian Country Today Media Network previously reported, the land the occupiers are claiming as “theirs” is actually land that the federal government previously stole from the Northern Paiute tribe. The Paiutes used to own 1.5 million acres of land, but have now been relegated to a reservation amounting to just 750 acres in Burns, Oregon, where the Bundy militia is currently engaged in an armed standoff.

“President U.S. Grant established the Maiheur Indian Reservation for the Northern Paiute in 1872. It is no coincidence that the historical reservation shares a name with the Maiheur National Wildlife Refuge, site of the current armed standoff.”

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The above map shows the progression of how much land Native Americans had taken from them by armed white men from the beginning of colonization to the present day.

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Also See: Response to Oregon Militia Standoff Reveals Stark Double Standards


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White Militia Allowed To Walk Around Ferguson Protests With Assault Rifles

At least three white members of the group were seen carrying assault rifles among protesters during demonstrations overnight

At least three white members of the group were seen carrying assault rifles among protesters during demonstrations overnight

The Independent

Oath Keepers: Who are white militia at Ferguson protests and why are they allowed to carry guns?

A group of white men armed with assault rifles have been filmed “patrolling” the streets of Ferguson during a fourth night of protests marking the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.

Dozens of demonstrators had been arrested for offences including obstructing police, throwing bottles and “obstructing the normal use of the entrances” to a court but the gun-wielding men were not detained, sparking accusations of hypocrisy.

At least three members of the “Oath Keepers” group were seen on the streets of the St Louis suburb overnight.

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Members of the Oath Keepers walk with their personal weapons on the street during protests in Ferguson, in the early hours of 11 August

Wearing bullet-proof vests, branded hats and camouflage gear, they walked among protesters after police appeared to have left the immediate area.

Kayla Reed, a prominent civil rights activist involved with the Black Lives Matter movement – who had been arrested and released earlier on Monday – asked on Twitter: “Why are there men with guns and the police are doing nothing?”

Fellow activist Johnetta Elzie, who had also been arrested, asked if black people would have been able to carry high-powered guns around St Louis so freely.

Who are the Oath Keepers?

The Oath Keepers, whose members were seen claiming to guard homes and businesses from rooftops during protests in Ferguson last year, have been accused of vigilantism by opponents but claim they are exercising Americans’ democratic rights.

Formed by a former US Army paratrooper, members pledge to fulfil the oath taken by the country’s military and police to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic”, even if that means defying other laws and orders.

A former police officer gave a speech to the group’s St Louis chapter last year where he was filmed saying: ““I’m also a killer. I’ve killed a lot, and if I need to I’ll kill a whole bunch more. If you don’t want to get killed, don’t show up in front of me.

“I’m into diversity – I kill everybody”.

Alarmed protesters asked the Oath Keepers to leave on Monday, with some filming conversations where the men claimed they were on the demonstrators’ side and defending civil rights.

“If you’re armed, why can’t the protesters be armed?” one demonstrator asked.

The organisation has not released an official statement on its presence in Ferguson or intentions in the area.

Is it legal to carry guns in Ferguson?

Under normal circumstances, yes, although it was unclear whether those laws could be affected by the current state of emergency.

Missouri is one of the US states with what is known as an “open carry” law, meaning that anyone legally possessing a gun can display it openly in public.

Proponents of the rule argue that criminals normally conceal such weapons and that people should not be afraid of law-abiding gun owners displaying them.

The practice is strongly opposed by advocates of increased gun controls in the US, who argue that the practice is intimidating, menacing and unnecessary.

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