More and more news reports are coming out about the Hammond family of Burns, portraying them as being “difficult to work with,” to say the least. A running publication called High Country News goes back 30-40 years with news articles that characterize today’s stand-off between Ammon Bundy and Refuge officials as a continuation of the infamous Sagebrush Rebellion – a rising up of western ranchers and farmers opposed to the Federal Environmental Protection Act and many environmental protection laws that followed through the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
And throughout this anti-federal government saga it appears that the Hammond ranching family was “all-in” from the beginning. Their animosity runs deep, their sense of entitlement even deeper, as we see in this article from 1994 in the High Desert News. It describes a very determined Dwight Hammond who intends to let his cattle onto Refuge lands even though he didn’t own those lands or even have a lease to graze his cattle there. Click here.