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Dear Dr. Haltinner:

My name is Anna Hammons, I am a sophomore at the University of Idaho and I am in Russ Meeuf’s media writing class. Russ has assigned a semester long project that requires each student to research a large issue that also relates locally for each individual. I am from Coeur d’Alene and the Aryan Nation has been very prevalent in the area, and white supremacy groups have affected our country in a huge way. One of our upcoming assignments is to interview a faculty member who has done research that somewhat relates to our topic. I reached out to Russ for help in finding someone who fits the criteria, and he recommended you! I would love to set up an interview to learn from your findings in your research! I understand that much of your work on hate groups is not published yet. However, I would love to be able to review your work before we meet so I could have questions prepared. I would love to set up a meeting time at your convince!

Thank you for your time!

-Anna Hammons


The Rise and Fall of The Aryan Nation

The Rise and Fall of the Aryan Nations: A resource Mobilization Perspective is much different than I expected. Robert B. Balch, of the University of Montana, attributes the rise and fall of the Aryan Nation to resource mobilization framework (McCarthy and Zald 1977). Social movement organization is a main focus of this perspective. The factors that can determine the success or failure depend on the media, political allies, public opinion, and more. The Aryan Nation had a goal to expand throughput north Idaho, Butler wanted to strengthen the Aryan Nation to become a flagship organization.  To do so the Aryan Nation needed to look desirable and seem like they had good teamwork that would lead to success. However, the Aryan Nation didn’t last long, in the 1990s their leadership began to fall. The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations is located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The Author of this article toured the compound and listened to Butler and other members give speeches about their beliefs. Interestingly enough, the Aryan Nation is actually a church group, Church of Jesus Chris Christian. The members established a racially pure National Socialistic group that was governed by the Bible. Butler believed and dreamed of an all-white Aryan Nation society in the Pacific Northwest. Butler had rallied roughly 300 followers in Hayden, Idaho (the groups home base) and nearly 6,000 nationwide. The Aryan Nation was not the most accepted group and many hate crimes were performed on them as well, in 1981 their church was bombed.  Later in 1987 Butler was thought to have a plan to overthrow the federal government. This article is very lengthy and has more information than I hoped for, I am looking forward to fully dissecting this piece.


Balch, R. W. (2006). THE RISE AND FALL OF ARYAN NATIONS: A RESOURCE MOBILIZATION PERSPECTIVE. Journal Of Political & Military Sociology34(1), 81-113.

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The Aryan Nation is known for “white-power” and its neo-Nazi ways of acting. They were located in Hayden Lake, Idaho. They had a large compound that holds their rallies and meetings. The compound was taken from them in result of a lawsuit that left them bankrupt.  However, at the beginning of their time they began robbing individuals to fund their organization’s needs. A mother and her son were assaulted by members of this group and pressed charges; they are not the only ones who experienced these assaults. Richard Butler, a World War II veteran, is the founder of this religious based group. The Aryan Nation is based on Christian Identity. The Aryan Nation members are relatable wit the Klu Klux Klan and anti-Jewish groups. The Aryan Nation created the “Aryan Nation Academy” in the 1980s, they also held skinhead bands, and had events coinciding with Adolf Hitler’s birthday. In 2001 the Ray Redeaim, of Ohio, was appointed to be Butlers successor. Redeaim has a history of violent and harsh acts; it is easy to speculate that this will only carry into the ways of the Aryan Nation.


“Aryan Nation/Church of Jesus Christ Christian.” 2005.  Anti-Defense League. Web. 30 Jan 2014.



I am interested in using these sources as well:

Who are They and What are Their Motives?

I am choosing to do my final project on the Aryan Nation, which is closely related to the Klu Klux Klan. The Aryan Nation was based out of Hayden, Idaho; Hayden is roughly ten minutes from my hometown of Coeur d’Alene. This organization was“…formed around Butler’s Church of Jesus Christ Christian, one of the several hundred churches affiliated with “Identity.” a pseudo-theological hate movement.” It has also been said that this group was “Nazi like” and their leader, Richard Butler, praised Adolf Hitler. Butler described Hayden, Idaho as, “international headquarters of the White race.” The Aryan Nation has shed a terrible light on northern Idaho, and sadly this reflects highly on a time our history when individuals of a certain religion, race, or hair color were valued less or more superior than the next. I have grown up seeing protestors shouting hurtful, judgmental, and untrue things about different cultural groups in my community. I am interested in understand the thought process and belief system that members of this group believe. I want to fully understand all they damage that they have done, and I want to understand the similarities and differences from Klu Klux Klan. I think that they way people function is fascinating and I have a hard time coming up with any justification for such hate towards another group of people, especially because the Aryan Nation is from “Butlers Church of Jesus Christ Christian.” I want to understand what was truly happening and why.



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I believe in Mondays.

Monday marks a new beginning, much like the dropping of the ball on New Year’s Eve in Time Square, but not so dramatic or broadcasted. Although, I do think that if Mondays were celebrated, maybe everyone wouldn’t hate them so much. That’s the thing I don’t get; why does everyone dread Monday?

Each week I set out on a new goal. Two weeks ago it was: this week I’ll go to bed before eleven. And last weeks goal was: this week I’ll work out every day. And this week my goal is to be diligent, manage my time, and be present in every moment of class.

Monday is the day that I set my goal for the week. And each Monday I star over, brand new and fresh. The incompletion of my fitness goal last week is gone. I won’t dwell on the fact that I only went to the gym twice, and I wont give the thought incompletion one more ounce of my energy. I am going to forget that I walked in the wrong class on the first day of school and awkwardly smiled, hurried out, and slammed the door. I am going to forgive myself for the three triple chocolate brownies that I ate at dessert on Wednesday. And I am going to start fresh in my relationships with the people I value most, erasing my frustrations and dismissing the wrongdoing that we both have done in the past week.

Monday gives me a clean slate, a chance to be reborn in a sense. I take the previous week and keep the good and discard the bad. I keep the lessons that I learned and understand that what’s done is done. I treasure the memories and look forward to the week ahead.

Mondays come with much anticipation for me, who will I be, what will I accomplish, and how can I grow as a student, a sister, a daughter, a friend, and as an individual.

Today is Monday and I am new.