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The 19th-Century Law Behind the Oregon Standoff

“For many people, public land is an untrammeled good. Places like the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are paradises for hikers and safe havens for endangered species like snowy owls. But for a particular subset of miners and ranchers, government land ownership is a deep wound, one they see as a promise that has since been broken–part of an obscure ongoing fight over a piece of legislation that is over 150 years old, called the Homestead Act of 1832.”

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