This Sunday: Steve Dunn's exclusive interview with Ammon Bundy
KATU's Steve Dunn traveled to eastern Oregon this week for a one-on-one interview with Ammon Bundy, the leader of an armed group of protesters who have taken over buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for nearly three weeks.
Dunn's interview with Bundy will air on a special edition of "Your Voice, Your Vote" this Sunday, Jan. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on KATU.
As part of that interview, Dunn asked Bundy what he would say to people who agreed with his message but not the tactics.
Bundy's response: "I believe there wouldn't be a message without tactics. You and I would not be talking here if we had not done what we did and that was part of why we did it, because we knew we had to shake this community up to make them aware of what was really going on."
Bundy told Dunn he wants a peaceful resolution to the situation, but that his group is prepared for the worst.
"We didn't come in here blind; we didn't come in here to what the possibilities could be. We came here educated, understanding our rights - who understand what the supreme law is and understand that the supreme law has been violated."
Political leaders are calling for the occupation to end.
Dunn asked Bundy what his long-term plans are at the refuge and whether if he'd be surprised if he was still at there come spring.
"I would not be surprised if we're still here in springtime, because when the snow melts that's when people begin to use the land," Bundy said.
Dunn also sat down with Harney County Sheriff David Ward, who explained how much damage the occupation is doing to his community.
Don't miss this week's special edition of "Your Voice, Your Vote" this Sunday, Jan. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on KATU. Click the play button above to watch a short preview.