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Nov 4, 2016

A year inside America’s militias

A year inside America’s militias

Some call them militia. They call themselves patriots. In the United States, many local militias are armed and have taken issue with some government policies. After spending a year with groups in Oregon, Montana, Nevada and Idaho protesting what they describe as government overreach, Reuters photographer Jim Urquhart has decided not to label them at all.

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A supporter of the Josephine County Oath Keepers, which later disbanded and became the Liberty Watch of Josephine County, wears a shirt with the brand used by LaVoy Finicum, who was killed during the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation, before a Memorial Day parade in Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S. May 28, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the Oath Keepers and general public participate in a tactical training session in northern Idaho, U.S. October 1, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Arizona cattle rancher LaVoy Finicum talks to the media at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, U.S. January 5, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Joseph Rice (L), of the Josephine County Oath Keepers, which later disbanded and became the Liberty Watch of Josephine County, takes the pledge of allegiance before a town hall meeting with U.S. Senator Ronald Lee Wyden in Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S. May 28, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the Oath Keepers and others, not affiliated with organised groups, load blank rounds during a tactical training session in western Montana, U.S. April 30, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the Oath Keepers and general public return fire during a simulated attack as they take part in a tactical training session in northern Idaho, U.S. October 1, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the Oath Keepers and others, not affiliated with organised groups, learn navigation skills during a tactical training session in western Montana, U.S. April 30, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the Oath Keepers and general public participate in a tactical training session in northern Idaho, U.S. October 1, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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The Josephine County Oath Keepers, which later disbanded and became the Liberty Watch of Josephine County, participate in a Memorial Day parade in Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S. May 28, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Participants take a firearms handling and safety class that was open to the public in Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S. March 26, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the Idaho Three Percent ride motorcycles after a meeting in Meridian, Idaho, U.S. April 7, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Participants take a firearms handling and safety class that was open to the public in Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S. March 26, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Joseph Rice (R), greets a supporter of the Josephine County Oath Keepers, which later disbanded and became the Liberty Watch of Josephine County, during a Memorial Day parade in Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S. May 28, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Copies of U.S. Constitution are seen on a motorcycle before the Josephine County Oath Keepers, which later disbanded and became the Liberty Watch of Josephine County, participate in a Memorial Day parade in Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S. May 28, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the Josephine County Oath Keepers, which later disbanded and became the Liberty Watch of Josephine County, prepare for a Memorial Day parade in Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S. May 27, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Jason Van Tatenhove, a member of the Oath Keepers, puts on camouflage face paint during a tactical training session in western Montana, U.S. April 30, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Mountains are seen from a fire watchtower in northern Montana, U.S. September 25, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Supporters of those arrested after the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge attend a rally in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. March 5, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the Oath Keepers and general public participate in a tactical training session in northern Idaho, U.S. October 1, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Jason Van Tatenhove, a member of the Oath Keepers, practices archery at his home in northern Montana, U.S. September 25, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the Oath Keepers and general public rest and warm up by the fire during a tactical training session in northern Idaho, U.S. October 1, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the Oath Keepers and general public rest and warm up by the fire during a tactical training session in northern Idaho, U.S. October 1, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Ammon Bundy talks to occupiers in an office at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, U.S. January 6, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Brandon Rapolla, a founder of the Pacific Patriots Network, leads a firearms handling and safety class in Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S. March 26, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Brooke Agresta of the Idaho Three Percent leads an oath during a meeting in Meridian, Idaho, U.S. April 7, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Jason Van Tatenhove, a member of the Oath Keepers, participates in a tactical training session in western Montana, U.S. April 30, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Storm clouds gather in northern Idaho, U.S. September 30, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the Oath Keepers and others, not affiliated with organised groups, fire blank rounds while defending a position during a tactical training session in western Montana, U.S. April 30, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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A horse stands in a pasture in western Montana, U.S. May 1, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Jeanette Finicum, the widow of LaVoy Finicum, who was killed during the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation, attends a rally in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. March 5, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the Oath Keepers and general public participate in a tactical training session in northern Idaho, U.S. October 1, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Members of the Oath Keepers and general public participate in a tactical training session in northern Idaho, U.S. October 1, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Jason Van Tatenhove, a member of the Oath Keepers, greets his dogs at his home in northern Montana, U.S. September 25, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Joseph Rice (L), of the Josephine County Oath Keepers, which later disbanded and became the Liberty Watch of Josephine County, gives a U.S. Constitution to a Oregon State Police officer after a town hall meeting with U.S. Senator Ronald Lee Wyden in Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S. May 28, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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Ammon Bundy leads a prayer in an office at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, U.S. January 6, 2016. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

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