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Minutemen Respond to Allegations of White Supremacy

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The minutemen are fighting back, angry over being called a "white supremacist hate organization."

A couple of local groups, including MECHA and Aguila del Norte, made the allegations at a press conference Tuesday.  They oppose the City of Selah's decision to allow the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps to meet at the Civic Center.

Minuteman spokeswoman Shawna Forde says it's not about race.  "We have many people of different races, cultures, and backgrounds that are minutemen." she says.  "It is an American issue, it's not a race issue...it's mainly about national security."

Aguila del Norte keeps tabs on the minutemen, and accuses them of illegal activity on the U.S.-Canadian border.  Forde says the minutemen follow strict guidelines and don't break the law.