Jeff Sorn, A view of the Steens Mountains from the Buena Vista Overlook located in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, July 30, 2010.

Essential Reading on the Incidents at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

[Editors’ note: We’ve been following the ongoing incident at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge closely this week. To help us make sense of it, we turned to our friend Leisl Carr Childers. Ranchers, public lands, and a deep sense of history all reside close to her heart and she has brought a great deal of compassion and care to our understanding of the issues at hand. We asked her to compile a list of valuable resources, which we’ve shared here. Leisl Carr Childers is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Northern Iowa. Her book, The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin grapples with the evolution of public lands management in the American West.]

For the past week, I have been fascinated by the events unfolding at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon where several members of the Bundy family, along with a number of armed individuals, have seized federal property and are refusing to leave. They mean to stay and leverage the federal government, variously represented in this case by the Bureau of Land Management, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, into a set of demands that are hard to understand.

In an attempt to get a grip on the situation, a number of news organizations have tapped journalists, other ranchers, and scholars to help clarify the situation. Below is a list of articles that I have found particularly intriguing and useful. This is not a complete list. My intent here is to capture early conversation and the moment in which a number of thoughtful individuals and organizations weighed in to provide some clarity to the situation. The question is not what is happening in Oregon, but how we are to understand these events. How we choose to view them will determine what we do next.

UNFOLDING EARLY EVENTS:

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January 7, 2016

CONTEXTUALIZATION:

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The Wikipedia Entry — “Militia Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge” — installed on January 3, 2016 and edited throughout the week.