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Oregon Tribe To Militants: 'Get The Hell Out Of Here'

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The Paiute tribe once lived on much of the land that is now the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, but were ordered to leave in the 1870s just before the area experienced a boom of settlers. The Paiute tribe still views the land as their own and they say they have solid working relationship with the refuge personal, who they view as protectors of key archeological sites.

According to the Oregonian, the tribe has deep concerns that those sites could be damaged the longer the militiamen are holed up at the refuge. The Oregonian reported that member of the tribe "met with archaeologists at the refuge Tuesday."