SHARE! BREAKING UPDATE BURNS OREGON BLM LEFT NATIVE ARTIFACTS TO ROT IN MICE DROPPINGS!Posted by Bundy Ranch on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Days after the militiamen in Oregon began their standoff with the federal government, Native Americans, especially the Burns Paiute tribe, worried about the safety of important cultural resources on their ancestral lands.
A new video uploaded to Facebook further proves that the tribe’s concerns were legitimate. It shows the armed militants standing in what appears to be a storage area of the building, looking through Native American artifacts.
The men, led by Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, the Arizona rancher who recently lamented about losing his foster kid subsidies, accused the Bureau of Land Management of mishandling artifacts belonging to the local native tribe — while, ironically, rummaging through the documents unauthorized and unsupervised.
The video is captioned: “SHARE! BREAKING UPDATE BURNS OREGON BLM LEFT NATIVE ARTIFACTS TO ROT IN MICE DROPPINGS!”
The brother of Ammon Bundy, one of the main organizers of the illegal “protest,” prompted more criticism from the native community after he said they had lost their claim to the land.
“We also recognize that the Native Americans had the claim to the land, but they lost that claim,” ABC News quoted Ryan Bundy as saying. “There are things to learn from cultures of the past, but the current culture is the most important.”
The besieged property houses over 4,000 tribal artifacts, some nearly as old as 1,000 years.
On Jan. 17, the Burns Paiute tribe sought criminal charges against the militiamen. “Armed protestors don’t belong here,” chairwoman Charlotte Roderique said in a statement. “They continue to desecrate one of our most important sacred sites. They should be held accountable.”
The Indian Country Today reports the tribe has demanded federal action “under both the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 and a “protection against bad men’ provision” as per an 1868 treaty signed with the U.S. government.
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