In a press conference in Harney County, Ore., this afternoon, FBI Special Agent Greg Bretzing outlined the federal plan for returning Malheur to its pre-militant state.
First, the bureau will be sending in a team to make sure the area isn't booby-trapped. Then, the CSI types will collect evidence.
But then, this:
At the same time, the FBI is deploying experts with its Art Crime Team to work on the refuge. These agents are specially-trained in cultural property investigations. They will be responsible for working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Burns Paiute Tribe to identify and document damage to the tribe’s artifacts and sacred burial grounds.
They will start with an archaeological field assessment to determine any potential violations of the Native American Graves and Repatriation Protection Act (NAGPRA) and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA). This work will likely take a number of weeks to complete.
Say what you will about Obama and Hillary and terrorists and Muslims and common core but, I for one will sleep better tonight knowing that I live in a country that has a specially trained "Art Crime Team."
This is also good news for the Paiutes, who, unlike Nevada ranchers, have an actual historical claim to the land where the wildlife refuge is located.
The Paiutes have not only not used guns to take over the refuge, but they've also had to watch while a group of white people ran roughshod over sacred Paiute places while yelling about how they, the white people, don't have enough freedom.
Today on Twitter, Gov. Kate Brown echoed the FBI's focus on helping the Paiute tribe recover, saying: "Now, let's focus efforts on helping this community recover, including the Burns Paiute Tribe."
If you want to sign up to help restore Malheur after the FBI units are done, Oregon National Desert Association is looking for volunteers.