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Coeur d’Alene exhibit shows downfall of local white supremacists

Human rights activists in North Idaho have opened an exhibit detailing the downfall of the white supremacists movement that tainted the region’s image nationally for decades.

The exhibit at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene includes more than a 100 items taken from the nearby Aryan Nations compound after the group went bankrupt 16 years ago. Items include a makeshift target that used a photo of a biracial couple, racist pamphlets and a room dedicated to Adolph Hitler.

Tony Stewart, a member of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, said the exhibit shows an important achievement of how a community came together to overcome a group of hate.

In 2000, the task force and the Southern Poverty Law Center combined to push a civil lawsuit that bankrupted the Aryan Nations. This lead to the sale of the compound.


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