Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sen. Heinrich tells US AG to prosecute Oregon militias - video

New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich wants the feds to step up and do something about an armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. The armed anti-government protesters seized the refuge at the start of this month, demanding the land be handed over the state. It's the latest in a series of fights over public lands in the west. Sen. Heinrich is concerned that the feds aren't doing anything about it. Thursday, he wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling on her to prosecute anyone in the group who has broken the law. He hopes action from the feds will stop anyone from seizing federal land in New Mexico...more

The Heinrich press release is here and the letter is here.  In addition, Senator Heinrich posted the following on his FB page and website:

Senator Martin Heinrich
All of us own our public lands, not just this group of armed radicals. When America’s public lands are threatened by state or elite private interests, this does not sit well with Westerners. In fact, it is deeply unpopular in New Mexico and across the West. Here’s the reality: these takings put everyone’s access to our national forests and wildlife refuges at risk—including those who like to camp, hike, hunt and fish. If states take control of federal lands, uses will be sharply limited. How do we know? Camping is already prohibited on State Trust lands in New Mexico and most Colorado state lands are closed to public hunters. And millions of acres of state lands across the West have already been auctioned to private and corporate interests.
The armed takeover and irresponsible vandalism at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is only the latest example in a well-organized and well-funded campaign to seize and sell off public lands. These are not the values of mainstream Westerners whose way of life depends on the region’s land and water. There must be legal consequences for this sort of dangerous action.

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