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One Whitefish group is taking aim at a local resident who leads an organization they are calling a hate group.

"There's a long definition that the FBI gives of what a hate group is and National Policy Institute fits that definition,” said Rabbi Allen Secher of Love Lives Here.

Richard Spencer, President of the National Policy Institute lives in Whitefish, a fact many residents find hard to swallow.

At Monday's Whitefish City Council meeting more than 100 Love Lives Here members petitioned the council to ban his organization.

"One of our major goals is to have the city of Whitefish pass a no hate ordinance, that one may not disseminate hate in this community. Organizer Richard Spencer has every right to speak, we all have every right to speak but what I don't want him to do is proselytize,” said Secher.

Spencer says just because he lives in Whitefish does not mean his organization has anything to do with the area.

In an op-ed earlier this month in the Whitefish Pilot he wrote, "NPI has never been "Montana-based" in the conventional sense. Our corporate charter is in Virginia, and we've never involved ourselves in Montana politics nor held a conference here-nor will we."

"I want to gather as many of my fellow residents to say no, no, no, we do not want a white supremacist organization functioning in our community,” Secher said.

This latest move is aimed at NPI but it isn't the only group in the Flathead with similar view-points.

"A number of year ago some people moved into the Flathead Valley, into Kalispell particularly, and moved here because the area was not ethnically diverse,” said Ina Albert of Love Lives Here. “And they wound up creating a Nazi organization cell to create a community here called Pioneer Little Europe."

In total the Southern Poverty Law Center lists eight hate groups in Montana, including the National Policy Institute, four of which are in the Flathead.

We reached out to local law enforcement and the Whitefish City Attorney's office but they declined to comment.

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