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Timeline: Rachel Dolezal in the news over the years

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KHQ dug into our archives to find any mention of Rachel Dolezal throughout the years. We found she's been making local news headlines for at least six years. Our producers put together a timeline showing Rachel Dolezal's trajectory from human rights champion, to the number one trending topic on Twitter.

June, 2009

This is Rachel Dolezal's first appearance on KHQ-TV. At the time she was the director of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d'Alene. Dolezal was born in November 1977, which puts her age at 31-years-old at this time. We spoke with her at an event remembering Coeur d'Alene's checkered past. She told us she was working hard to change Coeur d'Alene's image.

September, 2009

Rachel Dolezal is still at the Human Rights Education Institute and living in Coeur d'Alene. She reported finding a noose outside her front door, saying, "it's disappointing and more than surprising to see once again humans are capable of the worst and not the best." She told us at the time that she was biracial, doesn't know what the noose means, but said it didn't scare her. The noose was later determined to be related to a hunter who hung a deer to cure the meat.

November, 2009

A swastika was found on the Human Rights Education Institute. Coeur d'Alene police began investigating, looking through the Center's surveillance video. There wouldn't be any arrests.

April, 2011

The NCAACP holds a march in downtown Spokane in direct response to the bomb found in Spokane on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dolezal is working with the NAACP at the time and said the march was addressing "racial tension in the Inland Northwest."

April, 2014

Dolezal applies for the Citizen Commission of Spokane Police Ombudsman, and under ethnic origins she checks "White", "black", "two or more races" and "American Indian". Dolezal would eventually serve as chairwoman of the city's Office of Police Ombudsman Commission.

November, 2014

Rachel Dolezal organizes a Ferguson, MO protest after the shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer. More than 200 protesters held a "die-in", in which five people lay down on the sidewalk as their loved ones outlined their bodies in chalk. Dolezal said, "Ever since Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman went free, it's a real reminder of the risks my sons face everyday." She said the demonstration was to show solidarity with black families nationwide.

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March 2015

In a show of unity community leaders gathered in downtown Spokane, showing that racism will not be tolerated in Spokane. The event was a response to the threatening and racist hate mail sent to the NAACP office in February. Rachel Dolezal was at the event and said, "I hope this gathering shows that we will not tolerate racism and hate in Spokane."

April, 2015

Rachel Dolezal reports a break in at her home on Spokane's South Hill. The thieves were caught on camera and Spokane Police were investigating. Dolezal told KHQ at the time that she fears she's being targeted because she's been the victim of a dozen hate crimes in the Inland Northwest, and four since February 2015.

June 10

KHQ obtains a police report investigating the February hate mail sent to the NAACP office. They found the mail had never been processed, which means it had never been mailed. Detectives concluded the mail could only have been put into the mailbox manually by either a postal employee, or by the mailbox owner. They further determined no USPS employee put the mail there. The investigation continues.

June 11

Rachel Dolezal's parents break their silence and reveal that their daughter is white, and has been misrepresenting her race for years. As for why they never spoke up before, they said, "no one asked."

June 11

City of Spokane starts investigation into ethics violations by Rachel Dolezal, for marking her race African American.

June 11

When confronted by KHQ, Dolezal repeatedly says 'no comment'

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