Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion

An interactive, year-by-year look at the current insurgency.


The current wave of tension between federal government and a growing network of militants in Western states has roots dating back over a hundred years, to white settlers arriving in the region. Our timeline here begins with the emergence of the modern Sagebrush Rebellion, in the 1970s. Explore the timeline to learn more about this history. 

This article originally appeared online Feb. 4, 2016. It has been updated with more recent outbreaks of the Sagebrush Rebellion.