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Published October 11, 2013, 08:57 AM

Supremacist's white enclave plan in North Dakota gets boost

LEITH, N.D. (AP) — A white supremacist trying to turn a small southwestern North Dakota town into an all-white enclave has convinced a family to join him.

LEITH, N.D. (AP) — A white supremacist trying to turn a small southwestern North Dakota town into an all-white enclave has convinced a family to join him.

Craig Cobb has been buying property in Leith and recruiting others with similar views to come to the community of two dozen people so he can create a voting majority and take over the town.

Kynan and Deborah Dutton, of Oregon, have moved into Cobb's home with their five children, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Flags with swastikas and other supremacist symbols line the broken-down sidewalk leading to the house.

"I'm really proud. They are the first," Cobb said.

Kynan Dutton, 28, is an Iraq war veteran and self-proclaimed skinhead. He was in Leith in September as a supporter and bodyguard for Jeff Schoep, commander of the National Socialist Movement, formerly the American Nazi Party. Schoep called a town hall meeting to explain his extremist philosophy and drew an anti-hate protest crowd of about 300 people, many of them from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

"We'll smile and wave and I'll be leading by example. Instead of saying, 'I'm the great white man, with the great white family,' I'll do it by my actions," Kynan said. "We'd like to bring the town back to life; repair the park and improve the buildings."

The Dutton family is living in Cobb's home, which has no running water or sewer. Once they build their own home, the family plans to raise livestock and grow a garden. They are home-schooling their children.

"We're happy to be part of it," Kynan Dutton said. "Now that I'm here, the National Socialist Movement is here."

Cobb said a supporter recently donated a 33-foot mobile home he plans to put on his property, and that many other people have expressed interest in his Leith project.

"I can induce many of them to come right away," he said.

Area residents have been pushing Cobb to leave. City Councilman Lee Cook said the presence of the Dutton family raises the level of seriousness.

"It was just Cobb before. It's not Cobb anymore. Here's the news: Somebody's here," Cook said.

Deborah Dutton said her family may not be able to change people's views about them or make peace in the community.

"We're not here to make war either. We're here to practice our civil rights. We're ready for it. The kids are healthy and happy. They love it here," she said.

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