BURNS, Ore. (KOIN) — A YouTube video shows armed occupants of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge going through tribal artifacts on the property while criticizing the federal government’s storage system.

“This is how the Native American heritage has been treated, I don’t think it’s acceptable,” LaVoy Finicum said in the video. “The rightful owners need to come back and claim these belongings.”

But so far, tribe members haven’t accepted the offer.

Tribal Chair Charlotte Roderique says the Paiute Tribe’s archaeologist has helped them understand how many artifacts are there and how they were stored.

“Their presentation on the video was mainly for effect, trying to get a reaction out of somebody, ‘Look what we’re doing,'” Roderique told KOIN 6 News. “It doesn’t really bother me because I understand the volume.”

When it comes to the condition of the items, she says eastern Oregon is high and dry, meaning the climate won’t impact what’s stored in the boxes.

“The things that we are worried about are the things that are defenseless, the animals and plants, all the archaeology and the history of the land,” Roderique said. “It’s not about having possession of something, it’s knowing it’s there. It’s protected, it’s safe and that’s our history.”

She now calls the refuge a crime scene.

“It’s part of a federal investigation, evidence, and we’ve warned our people we are not to accept anything from them or think they are saving something from a box… because they become involved in the removal of artifacts,” she said.

Finicum says he reached out to the tribe several times asking for a liaison.

“For some reason they don’t want to have a dialogue,” he said. “It doesn’t kind of hold, doesn’t seem reasonable to me where a whole group of white men come and disturb the ground, take it, throw it in boxes for 30 years down in a dark basement and now we bring it to light and say, ‘Hey, would you like to have this?’ and somehow they don’t.”

Meanwhile, a group working against the armed occupiers has raised more than $73,000, some of which will go to the Paiute Tribe. Roderique says she is grateful and that the militants’ request for a tribal liaison will go unanswered.

“They have no authority,” she said. “I might as well go talk to our neighbors across the fence from the reservation, they have just as much authority and, you know, I don’t know what they have to offer.”

Ryan Bundy says Siletz Tribe member Shelia Warren came to look at the artifacts Sunday on her own accord. They reportedly took video of her reviewing the materials, saying the occupiers were keeping them in good condition.