Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupier Ken Medenbach on Monday visited the Oregon State Capitol to seek support from Sen. Doug Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls. It was no use, as their meeting ended before it even began.

Kenneth Medenbach
Hometown: Crescent, Oregon
Not guilty

A woodworker from Oregon. Medenbach has an extensive history of conflict with the Bureau of Land Management.


Medenbach, 63, is one of eight defendants scheduled for trial next month on felony conspiracy charges related to the refuge occupation earlier this year. Occupation leaders and brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy are also defendants.

The occupation was organized by activists near Burns, Oregon, in support of Dwight and Steve Hammond, ranchers imprisoned on federal arson convictions. One occupier — de facto spokesman LaVoy Finicum — was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement;  27 others were arrested and indicted. Twelve have pleaded guilty.

In his Capitol Building office, Whitsett refused to meet with Medenbach while a reporter was present. Reached by phone later, Whitsett said Medenbach had scheduled a meeting to talk about the transfer of federal public lands to state control.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.