October 8, 1989 |
Angry citizens in Pulaski, the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan, closed their businesses Saturday and bedecked the town with orange ribbons in silent protest to a march by 200 white supremacists. "Our protest is to turn our back on them. We're shunning them to let them know they don't have a welcome mat here," said Bob Henry, a leader of Pulaski's show of solidarity against the rally by the Aryan Nations. "We think brotherhood is better than prejudice."
November 24, 1987 |
Freedom of speech and freedom of hate and prejudice are colliding on the airwaves here. Consider this: "Aryan Nations Hour"--a weekly stage for white supremacists--debuts Dec. 5 on tiny KZZI-AM (1510) on your radio dial. The Saturday morning call-in program will be closely aligned with Aryan Nations, a neo-Nazi group with headquarters in Hayden Lake, Ida., and plans to open an office in Salt Lake City or Ogden, where the bulk of the state's black population lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1988
A local American Nazi Party official was convicted Wednesday of unlawful assembly and illegally possessing a billy club at a 1983 cross burning in a predominantly black neighborhood in Lake View Terrace. Stanley Witek, 54, of Los Angeles faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 7 for his part in the ceremony at which three 15-foot crosses were burned as a gesture of unity among three white supremacist groups, the Ku Klux Klan, American Nazi Party and Aryan Nations.
February 14, 2001 |
The Aryan Nations compound that for 20 years spawned some of the nation's most violent neo-Nazis was sold to a mother and son whose lawsuit bankrupted the group. Victoria and Jason Keenan were the only bidders in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court sale of the 20-acre property near Hayden Lake. The Keenans paid $250,000 and plan to sell the wooded property, possibly to a human rights group. As the major creditors of the Aryan Nations, the Keenans would be in line to get the money back.
September 23, 2000 |
In a blow to hate groups that have made the Northwest their clubhouse, the founder of the Aryan Nations has agreed to give up his Idaho compound to satisfy a $6.3-million verdict against the white supremacist organization. Richard Butler, 82, has agreed to hand over the 20-acre property no later than Oct. 25. Under the agreement, he must also give up the property's contents--Nazi and Confederate flags, Third Reich posters, a silver bust of Adolf Hitler and stained glass swastikas.
December 10, 1987
Utah Gov. Norman H. Bangerter, Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis and the Mormon Church issued separate denunciations of the Aryan Nations. Aryan Nations leader, Richard Butler, announced several months ago he planned to open a regional office in Ogden, Salt Lake City or Provo next spring. Since then, there have been several demonstrations in the state against the group.