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Before the Bundy gang, I 'occupied' Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Before the Bundy gang, I 'occupied' Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

The ongoing “occupation” of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Harney County, Ore., has brought to mind my dark past as an “occupier” of that same facility.

It was late fall of 1978, and I was a student at the University of Oregon Law School. Fed up with contracts and torts, I decided I needed some fresh air and time off. Where could I go for a week on my shoestring budget?

A gladly transplanted New Jerseyan, I'd already seen the forests and mountains of western Oregon. When I asked for advice, some friends told me that I really should check out the southeastern corner of the state — that it was God's country out there. The...

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