Whitefish, Billings and Great Falls Listed as Leading Cities for Hate Groups in Montana
On March 5, the Southern Poverty Law Center sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warning of the "tremendous increase in the number of conspiracy-minded, anti-government 'Patriot'" groups and the terror risk these groups pose.
One of the specific examples used in the letter is that of an "anti-government movement leader in Montana" who "said he was 'prepared to become an outlaw' over the gun issue."
It is difficult to say exactly who the letter is referring to, but it is likely former Florida resident and current Flathead Valley resident Chuck Baldwin. Who's original comments on the 2nd Amendment can be found at The Daily Paul a political website that contains articles in the vein of former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
On their website, the Southern Policy Law center provides a detailed Hate Map which indicates that Whitefish leads the pack for the number of hate groups in Montana, followed by Billings and Great Falls.
When told that the United Klans of America and The Crusaders for Yahweh had put Great Falls on the hate map, Great Falls Mayor Michael Winters said, "I was totally unaware of both of those organizations and as far as I know they are not active in Great Falls. As a matter of fact, I just spoke with our police chief regarding that and of course the law enforcement has to report such activities and they have had no reports."
Below is the list of Hate groups found the Southern Poverty Law Center's website, there is no indication as to how the groups were chosen or how many individuals are involved. The Southern Policy Law Center has been contacted and their response will be posted here when available.
The Alternative Right, listed as a White Nationalist organization out of Whitefish.
The Creativity Alliance, listed as a Neo-Nazi organization with no particular city.
The Creativity Movement, listed as a Neo-Nazi group out of Billings.
The Crusaders for Yahweh, a Christian Identity group with coalitions in Big Sandy and Billings, Great Falls.
The National Policy Institute, a White Nationalist group out of Whitefish.
The National Socialist Movement, a Neo-Nazi group with no particular city..
The Pioneer Little Europe, a White Nationalist group out of Kalispell.
United Klans of America, a Ku Klux Klan group with locations in Great Falls and Polson.
Washington Summit Publishers, a White Nationalist group out of Whitefish.