In early January, armed occupiers took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon. They said they weren’t leaving until two local ranchers who had set fires on federal property were released from prison, and until the federal government handed its lands over to local residents.
Militants from all over the country answered the call of the occupiers to stand against what they saw as federal tyranny. The weeks that followed captured the attention of the nation... and ripped the local community apart.
Forty-one days, 25 arrests, and one death later, OPB brings you the complicated story of the armed occupation that rocked Harney County.