Published January 27, 2016
BURNS, OREGON — One day after the death of one of the domestic terrorists and arrest of another eight, including group leader Ammon Bundy, near the remote town of Burns, Oregon, the Burns Paiute Tribe Chairwoman Charlotte Roderique released the following statement to Native News Online:
“We are deeply saddened that some of the armed protestors chose violence. It did not have to be this way, but it was their choice. Gun violence has not place in our community. Let’s hope those who remain at the Malheur Refuge will make a difference choice and end this peaceably.
This episode has placed great strain on the tribe, the community and law enforcement officials. The ability of the lawbreakers to come and go as they please needed to stop.
We remains concerned not only for the safety of our community, but for the proper handling of irreplaceable cultural artifacts that are still held hostage. The protesters have posted videos on the internet showing the militants excavating dirt, apparently making roads and fortifications at the refuge headquarters. This is a flagrant violation of federal and state laws protecting cultural resources. Lawbreakers should be punished when this is over.”
In previous statements, Burns Paiute tribal officials have called the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge sacred ground for the Paiute people. They fear tribal artifacts have been stolen or damaged by the domestic terrorists.
As of Wednesday evening, some 40 domestic terrorists remain at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.