John M Glionna, theguardian.com
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Charlotte Rodrique, the chairwoman of the federally recognized Burns Paiute Tribe, on Tuesday. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters
Wednesday 6 January 2016 | The press conferences were spaced two hours apart on Wednesday – one by armed militia leader Ammon Bundy, the other by a local Paiute Indian tribal leader. They expressed competing visions for the future of a swath of federally managed land in rural south-eastern Oregon.
At issue: who has more of a say over the contested Malheur national wildlife refuge? A band of mostly out-of-state commandos who have seized control of the property to make a point with the federal government, or Native Americans whose ancestors have lived on the land for thousands of years?
John M Glionna, National Writer for the Los Angeles Times, is a freelance journalist specializing in literary nonfiction. Teaches news-thinking at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Based in Henderson, Nevada.
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The Whitest Privilege in Oregon, Nicholas Pierce, Huffington Post
The same people that skewer Black Lives Matter for being discordant and disruptive, the same people that post in my feed mocking Tamir Rice, the same people who post over and over again about how Eric Garner should have just followed the rules, and the same people that say Michael Brown deserved what he got for allegedly refusing to comply with police orders -- are the exact same people who get an erection every time some stars-and-bars waving neo-confederate chambers a round in the direction of a cop.
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