Militias accuse government of mistreating Indian artefacts in Oregon

Armed militia members  holding a federal site in Oregon   accused the government of ‘leaving to rot’ some 4,000 Native American artefacts which are stored within the facility.  Tribal leaders asked the authorities to protect their heritage from the militiamen. The tribe demanded federal action under the 1979 Archeological Resources Protection Act and other federal laws, which criminalize mishandling of historic artefacts. The Paiute has refused to enter any type of negotiations with the militia, saying it would help legitimize the seizure of the refuge.

In a video posted by the militias one of their leaders, LaVoy Finnicum, is seeing walking a small storeroom full of cardboard boxes apparently located at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The cameraman quotes “There are boxes of artefacts in here. See, there are some rat nests in here. This is the way we found it,” he says while pointing at some of the boxes.
“Whoever was in charge of these native artefacts just boxed them up and let them rot down here,” 
The artefacts are the legacy of the Burns Paiute Tribe. A few days earlier  tribal leaders  said they where greatly concerned about their possible destruction.
"If the Native Americans want those, then we'd be delighted to give them to them," said Ryan Bundy, one of the leaders of the group.

The Oregon standoff started on January 2, and was led by Ryan Bundy’s brother Ammon, who together with an armed group seized the federal facility in protest of  federal prosecution of two locals. They believe  the prosecution of the local ranchers was not legal.