Members of the Oath Keepers and general public participate in a tactical training session in northern Idaho, U.S. October 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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After spending a year with groups in Oregon, Montana, Nevada and Idaho protesting what they describe as government overreach, I've decided not to label them at all.In April 2015, I was assigned to cover the Oath Keepers during a tour of the Sugar Pine gold mine in Oregon after the group of former cops, military, firefighters and other first responders had risen to prominence during a standoff in Nevada over land rights.Two parties used to having lots of control – the media and the militia – suddenly had none.That trust helped me enormously when more than six months later, I arrived at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon to cover what would become a 41-day stand-off between brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and the federal government. The armed men had taken over the wildlife center to demonstrate against what they believed was the government's abuse of power over land rights in the West.I have since attended tactical defense training sessions, fired guns and camped out with members of those groups in Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
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