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Hundreds Find KKK Pamphlets In Custer

October 19, 2012, 6:00 PM by Derek Olson

Hundreds Find KKK Pamphlets In Custer
CUSTER, SD -

Over the last few months, flyers supporting the Ku Klux Klan have been surfacing in Custer.

Understandably, many are concerned when a letter from the KKK shows up in their yard. And now, in Custer, that's prompting area law enforcement to get involved.

What is a Klansman? That's the headline of a pamphlet that's been widely distributed in and around Custer promoting the KKK.

"Everyday we have a routine to go check the mail.  And we did, about a month ago, notice a flier that had been tagged to some trash cans," Custer resident Melaine White Eagle said.

Just this week, White Eagle says she's found three of the pamphlets in her front yard and she's sick of it.

"There's nothing good about the Ku Klux Klan. They don't do anything, but promote violence and promote a division amongst all people," White Eagle said.

And White Eagle isn't alone.  The Custer County Sheriff says he's heard from over 100 people who are concerned by the notes, which generally show up in the morning wrapped in a plastic bag, weighted by a small rock.

"There was some concern about it because people didn't know what was in it.  There was a sack, a rock and a flier in it.  And people weren't sure what to make of this whole thing," Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler said.

Adding to the mystery, all this material is being distributed anonymously. The only information on the paper is an 800 number and a Missouri mailing address.

"They're not naming their names on that paper. They're not coming to the door and that kind of suspicious character leaves us not feeling very safe in our own home," White Eagle said.

"If you can't go up to the door and talk to the people and give them a pamphlet or whatever and you're just going to throw it out on to the yard, to me it's littering," Wheeler said.

And if the Sheriff finds out who's responsible, he says they'll get a ticket. In the meantime, the hope is that a different message prevails.

"That we all should get along and that nobody should be promoting any kind of racism," White Eagle said.

If you happen to find one of the pamphlets in the Custer area and are concerned, you are asked to call the Custer County Sheriff's office.

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