One of the group leaders, Ammon Bundy is the son of Cliven Bundy, who had his own standoff with the federal government last year over grazing rights in Nevada.
At issue this time, like then, is a decades long fight over the use of public lands in the West.
“This effort started by understanding that a ranching family has been put under duress by multiple federal agencies,” Ammon Bundy said Monday.
The occupiers say they’re supporting two local ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, who own land adjacent to the refuge and were sentenced to federal prison for setting public land on fire.
The Hammond family has said the group does not speak on their behalf and they plan on reporting to prison.
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