Washington, DC – A top U.S. Forest Service official says
the agency must consider banning the Rainbow Family from Forest Service lands after a confrontation that led to the arrests of at least eight people.
John Twiss, director of Forest Service Law Enforcement and
Investigations in Washington D.C., said Monday that he was among
the officers who responded last week when Rainbow Family members
threw sticks and rocks at federal officers.
The Forest Service says the incident started when officers tried
to arrest one member of the Rainbow group.
An estimated 7,000 people turned out for this year's Rainbow
Family event, held on Forest Service land near Big Sandy in western
A representative of the Wyoming chapter of the American Civil
Liberties Union says any government attempt to limit the Rainbow
Gathering might violate their constitutional rights to gather in