This Land is Our Land
Does the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge ring a bell? On 2 January 2016, a loosely organised militia took up residence - and arms - in this national park in Oregon. Their motivations were a complicated web of political and personal gripes, but their central demand was that the federal government cede ownership of the land to the state. The occupation garnered worldwide media attention and the militia's relationship with law enforcement grew increasingly tense over the course of an almost six-week stand-off. In late January, one of the group's leaders was shot and killed by police before the last of the protestors were finally evicted in February. Seven ringleaders are currently facing court and Oregon Public Broadcasting are going deep on the trial coverage in this podcast. They explore the characters and politics at play in the case and keep us up to speed with new developments. Start at the top for the full picture and get new episodes every few days.
Gateway episodes: Ep 1: What happened in Harney County (2 Sep 2016)