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Timeline: Armed conflicts with the U.S. government

As an armed militia occupies an Oregon wildlife refuge, our timeline takes a look at major armed standoffs in modern U.S. history.

    March 2014:

    Federal agents rounded up hundreds of cattle owned by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Bundy had refused to pay the government cattle-grazing fees for two decades. A 1,000-strong militia came to the support of Bundy in a nearly two-month standoff.  Federal agents withdrew from the operation, citing public safety. 

    Militia men surrounding the ranch of Cliven Bundy gather at the back of a parked pickup truck in Bunkerville, Nevada May 3, 2014. (REUTERS/Mike Blake) 
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    March 1996:

    Anti-government extremists known as the Montana Freemen engaged in an armed standoff with federal officials at a fortified ranch near Jordan, Montana. The 81-day standoff ended peacefully after group members surrendered. 

    FBI agents and a Montana highway patrolman stand guard as an American flag flies near the cattle guard where the Freemen crossed June 13 to peacefully surrender. (REUTERS/Archives) 
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    Feb. 1993:

    The Davidian Seventh Day Adventist church, an apocalyptic cult based in Waco, Texas, battled federal agents during a 51-day siege. The church was resisting a search warrant of the compound, which federal agents suspected was heavily armed. During a two hour gun battle, agents came under fire from M-60 machine guns, AK-47 assault rifles and .50-caliber weapons. The FBI filled the compound with tear gas. Hours later, the building burst into flames and most of those inside died.

    Women erect crosses for the cult members that died in the fire and for the four ATF agents that were killed in the original raid. (REUTERS/Archive)
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    Aug. 1992:

    Federal agents surrounded the Idaho home of white separatist Randy Weaver. Weaver was suspected of selling illegal firearms and previously under surveillance. During a siege of the rural property, agents killed two of Weaver’s family members. Deputy U.S. Marshal William Degan was also killed. The Weavers surrendered after nine days. 

    Randy Weaver's (R) wife and son were killed by the FBI at a siege at Ruby Ridge, Idaho in 1992. (REUTERS/Gary C.) 
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    Feb. 1973:

    Lakota tribe members led a 71-day armed standoff against federal authorities near Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Tribe members occupied a plot of land on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to protest what they believed to be a corrupt tribal government and the U.S. government’s treatment toward American Indians. The conflict left two American Indians dead, one U.S. Marshal paralyzed and many others injured. 

    Native American dancers start the Oglala Nation Pow Wow and Rodeo in Pine Ridge, South Dakota in Aug. 4, 2006. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
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