August 3, 2009

Aryan Nations a ‘stain’ on Idaho

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AP writer Nicholas Geranios looks back at the Aryan Nations, the racist colony built by Richard Butler in Hayden Lake, Idaho. The group is long gone, but memories were recently stirred when the man who shot up the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. was found to have spent a few days in the area in 2004. Today, the area is home to tourists, country clubs and a posh homes. But the locals haven’t forgotten.

“The stain is so deep,” said Tony Stewart, a long time resident who helped evict the Aryan Nations, told Gerionas. “We feel stereotyped in a way that is unjust.”

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