Militia protest at Oregon wildlife refuge: What’s at stake?  

All eyes are on Oregon as news coverage continues surrounding a group of armed American militants who stormed the federal Malheur Wildlife Refuge over the weekend to protest perceived “tyranny” by the federal government. University of Utah law professors Robert Keiter and John Ruple are available to offer commentary about the case and its developments, including an explanation of what is at issue, the laws involved, and what precedent the events may set. Keiter, director for the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, is a nationally recognized expert on public lands and natural resource law. Ruple is an expert on public land management law. Both professors recently published a series of papers critiquing state efforts to take over federal public lands:  A Legal Analysis of the Transfer of Public Lands Movement; The Transfer of Public Lands Movement: Taking the ‘Public’ Out of Public Lands; and When Winning Means Losing: Why a State Takeover of Public Lands May Leave States Without the Minerals They Covet.
 
John Ruple, Phone: 801-581-6545 | Email: john.ruple@law.utah.edu
Bob Keiter, Phone: 801-581-5035 | Email: robert.keiter@law.utah.edu