April 25, 1997

The Aryan Nations
(Information about Northwest militia-type groups)
By Isaac Lopez
University of Idaho journalism student

Located in Hayden Lake, Idaho, The Aryan Nations believe that the preservation of their race, and the destruction of the Jewish race, is the group's calling in the scheme of things.

The Aryan Nations claim to be the continuing direct-line of the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, as originally founded by Dr. Wesley Swift of Lancaster, Calif. After Swift's death, Richard G. Butler took the helm of the organization.

"Pastor" Butler has a pretty impressive background. In 1946, he organized and operated a machine plant for the production and precision machining of automotive parts and engine assemblies for commercial and military aircraft in the USA, Africa, and India.

Butler was a marketing analyst for new inventions from 1964 through 1973. Butler became a senior manufacturing engineer for Lockheed Aircraft Co. in Palmdale, Ca.

Butler, who was educated in southern California, including Aeronautical Engineering at Los Angeles City College, is a co-inventor for rapid repair of tubeless tires and holds both U.S. and Canadian patents for it.

After Swift passed Butler continued to hold services for the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, until he moved to northern Idaho where he founded "Call to the Nation" or Aryan Nations.

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