FBI: Oregon Occupiers May Have Defecated On Indian Artifacts

| by Michael Allen
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The FBI discovered human feces on or near a Native American cultural site with artifacts at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which a group of armed ranchers occupied for nearly two months.

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams of Oregon noted in a court filing on Feb. 16 that FBI investigators found "significant amounts of human feces" in a trench on or next to a "sensitive cultural site," reports Reuters.

"Occupiers appear to have excavated two large trenches and an improvised road on or adjacent to grounds containing sensitive artifacts," Williams added.

Williams also said guns and explosives were found in the area.

The FBI has been working with the Burns Paiute Tribe to check for damage to artifacts and burial grounds.

In more news of the ranchers, Nevada Assemblyman John Moore accused the Oregon state police and federal agents of murdering group member Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, notes Gawker.

Moore stood outside a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on Feb. 12 and told the media: "In my opinion, Mr. Finicum was murdered at the hands of the Oregon state police, and others, federal agents as well. This man was trying to surrender, it's quite obvious on the video that he was trying to surrender, but yet they chose violence and murder rather than to apprehend him."

Moore accused law enforcement of an “ambush” based on his personal experience in the military. Moore said that he was personally trying to "prevent the further loss of life."

Sources: Reuters, Gawker / Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey/Wikimedia

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