Category: Racial Justice

Leaving Minidoka

My trip to Minidoka came to an end as I walked back through the site of the baseball diamond… The field was reconstructed by a team of volunteers, the work of the Friends of Minidoka. How many dreams had been launched on bleachers, watching…

Homesteading Minidoka

When WWII ended and the 10 WRA Camps closed, the federal government awarded part of the land for farming to returning WWII Veterans (in 90 to 120 acre plots, along with two barracks buildings).  At Minidoka, the government allotted 89 farming units for a…

Restoration at Minidoka

Walking through the Minidoka site, one comes upon three buildings that reflect key aspects of life in the Minidoka WRA Camp.  The historic photo immediately below, hangs in the first of those buildings… This is a photo of the Minidoka fire house, as it…

Life at Minidoka

These historic photos capture life at Minidoka… In the midst of imprisonment without any legal recourse, these Americans strove to make do. I’ve selected these pictures because they depict a bit of what life was like. Every day life had to go on… and…

Farming at Minidoka

Something close to 1,000 acres were farmed at Minidoka by Japanese American prisoners.  First, they had to convert the land from dry sage brush to irrigated agriculture.  While the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had put in the Milner-Gooding Canal to provide water to the…

Remnants

Remnant: a small remaining quantity of something.  I’m walking along the 1 1/2 mile path that the NPS built on the 400 acre site at Minidoka.  All along the path there are 4×4 posts driven into the ground, topped with small metal placards that…

Minidoka: First Look

It is fitting that this guard tower is the first thing you see when driving up to the site of the former Minidoka WRA Camp.  It is located right off the road, near the location of the main gate.  It is a replica.  Now…

FDR…

Life has a way of jumping up to bite you when you least expect it.  It happened to me today because of my own carelessness.  The subject is President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). For many Americans (myself included), FDR remains one of the great…

The rest of the Journey…

I’m getting ready to visit the last three of the WRA Camps.  I’ll be going to the sites of the former WRA Camps: Minidoka, Idaho, Heart Mountain, Wyoming, and Topaz, Utah. There are three things that remain uppermost in my mind. First, the history…

Poston: People of Hope

They are people of hope… That is, the two peoples (the Japanese Americans of the Poston Community Alliance and the Colorado River Indian Tribes) are manifestations of hope.  Brought together by the respective injustices that were done to them and the hardships they have…

Poston: Pilgrimage I

This April, I had the privilege of visiting Poston during the Poston Pilgrimage.  The Pilgrimage is organized by the families of people who had been imprisoned in Poston.  The organizers come from Los Angeles, Fresno, and Sacramento;  people come to the Pilgrimage from all…

The WRA Camp at Poston

The WRA Camp at Poston was located about 15 miles South of Parker, AZ, next to the Colorado River and the California border.   The Camp opened on June 2, 1942, and soon housed 17,814 people.  It was the third largest “city” in Arizona at…

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