Infamous Rancher Cliven Bundy Jailed For 2014 Standoff With Federal Government

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Cliven Bundy has been at war with the federal government since 2014, when he engaged the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a standoff over grazing fees on federal land, leading to  $1 million in penalties in fees, which he refused to pay.

On Feb. 11, in the wake of militiamen taking over a rural Oregon wildlife refuge, Bundy, 74, was arrested in Portland on weapons charges and interfering with a federal officer, Oregon Live reported. His sons, Ammon and Ryan, who helped lead the takeover of the refuge, were arrested on similar charges.

The day after Bundy was arrested, the last occupier, 27-year-old David Fry, walked out of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon, and surrendered to the FBI, The Washington Post reported. The stand off lasted 41 days, even after its spokesman, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, was shot and killed by state police - the FBI said he was carrying a loaded gun and refused to cooperate with commands.

Bundy was reportedly planning on going to Burns when he was apprehended. In total, 16 people were indicted by a federal grand jury for the Oregon standoff. 

Billy J. Williams, the U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon, said he was glad the “long and traumatic episode” had ended. 

“It is a time for healing, reconciliation amongst neighbors and friends, and allowing for life to get back to normal,” Williams said in a statement.

“Much work is left to assess the crime scene and damage to the refuge and tribal artifacts. We are committed to seeing the job done and to pursue justice for the crimes committed during the illegal occupation.”

Sources: Oregon Live, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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