White supremacist planning northern Idaho compound
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A disciple of former Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler wants to build a new compound in northern Idaho to act as a gathering place for white supremacists.
The development troubles human rights groups who spent decades battling Butler and his group.
Shaun Winkler unsuccessfully ran for sheriff of Bonner County earlier this year. He says a supporter is donating 8 acres near the town of Priest River, Idaho, that he hopes to develop into a place for white supremacists to conduct meetings.
Butler's high-profile Aryan Nations activity tainted northern Idaho's image nationally, and local civil rights groups were wary of a potential new hub for racist activity.
A lawsuit bankrupted the Aryan Nations in 2000, leading to the sale of the original compound. Butler died in 2004.