History Channel to air the end of the Aryan Nations in Idaho
For the past several year's, the History Channel has aired a documentary on the Aryan Nations and their presence in North Idaho. But since the program was filmed years ago, nationwide viewers were left seeing the Aryan Nations compound and its white supremacy group still alive in North Idaho and viewers did not know the end of the story.
The History Channel recently contacted North Idaho College Instructor and member of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations Tony Stewart to update the story with footage on recent developments.
This past week, the History Channel has updated the documentary with information about the trial of Victoria Keenan and her son who were shot at by Aryan Nations members outside the Hayden compound in 1998. The incident was followed by a weeklong trial with the Southern Poverty Law Center and local attorneys Norm Gissel and Ken Howard representing the Keenans. The trial resulted in a $6.3 million jury verdict against the Aryan Nations, forcing Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler to hand over the 20-acre compound to the Keenans. The family sold the property to philanthropist Greg Carr who donated the property to the NIC Foundation for use as a peace park.
Dianna Gissel, president of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and wife of longtime human rights activist Norm Gissel, provided photographs of recent developments to the History Channel and Stewart was able to provide the network with video footage by the Greg Carr Foundation of the demolition of the compound and the transformation of the site into a peace park through the NIC Foundation.
“I'm very pleased that the network wanted to complete the story by talking about the victory in the trial and the creation of the peace park by the Greg Carr Foundation,” Stewart said. “It gives us the opportunity to tell the nation about our victory over hate.”
“Nazi America: A Secret History” will air Tuesday, April 5 at 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on the History Channel, local Adelphia channel 34.For More Information
NIC Political Science Instructor Tony Stewart, (208) 769-3325Posted: Friday, April 1, 2005