Sarah Garrecht Gassen at the Daily Star (tucson.com) has an answer in her spot-on article on the editorial page.
So, the question remains: What do we call the people who’ve taken over the federal wildlife refuge? Right-wing militants, seditionists, extremists, occupiers, criminals, terrorists, followers? All of the above.
This is a group of individuals who want to take our shared public land for their own private use, like grazing their cattle. They’re not fighting for a noble cause. They’re not fighting for “the people.” They’re fighting for themselves.
So let’s call them what they are: selfish — and dangerous.
Whatever labels you choose, let's not call these crooks noble or patriotic. They are anything but that.