Idaho town, once a Nazi enclave, reaches out to Leith, ND


The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations was founded in 1981 as a response group against the harassment and criminal activities of the Aryan white supremacy movement located north of Hayden Lake, a community in Kootenai County, Idaho. The Task Force has been instrumental in directing the passage of major Idaho legislation giving the state strong laws against harassment and hate crimes.

On Saturday, the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations sent the following open letter to the 22 residents of Leith, N.D., and all other North Dakotans (in wake of the attempt by a white supremacist from Canada to establish a racist stronghold in Leith):

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations Board of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, stands in solidarity with the good residents of Leith. We praise you for your courageous determination to oppose the message of hate and those who promote white supremacy. You are doing exactly what all communities should do and that is never remain silent in the face of hate. We have spent 32 years opposing the doctrines and activities of the neo-Nazis and other extremists’ movements and thus we stand shoulder to shoulder with you and ask all the good people of North Dakota to do the same.[/quote]