Franklin Graham Helps End Oregon Standoff
Rev. Franklin Graham joined in negotiations that led to the peaceful surrender of the last remaining protestors at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The 41-day occupation ended this week, after an hour-long conversation with the last occupier.
Graham and Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore spoke to the last four occupiers by phone from an FBI checkpoint.
David Fry, Jeff Banta, Sean Anderson, and his wife Sandy were the last of a group of anti-government militants who took over the wildlife refuge headquarters Jan. 2.
The group, led by Ammon Bundy, were protesting federal government control over land in the western United States.
Graham posted on his Facebook page that he was heading to Oregon at the request of the wildlife refuge and the FBI. He spoke with the last occupiers every day for a week.
"Last night I was on the phone with them for several hours, was able to have prayer with them, and they have said they would come out today," he wrote.
Shortly after his arrival, three of the group members surrendered to the FBI. After a time, the last holdout, Fry, also surrendered.
At least 25 people have now been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to impede employees at the wildlife refuge from performing their duties.
One man was killed by state police when they attempted to arrest him.