• View through the barbed wire from inside the camp looking east.

    Minidoka

    National Historic Site ID,WA

Lessons in History

The Pearl Harbor attack intensified existing hostility towards Japanese Americans. As wartime hysteria mounted, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 forcing over 120,000 West Coast persons of Japanese ancestry (Nikkei) to leave their homes, jobs, and lives behind and move to one of ten Relocation Centers.

This single largest forced relocation in U.S. history is Minidoka's story.

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Did You Know?

Minidoka ceremony for fallen soldiers.

In seven major campaigns, the 442nd was one of the war’s most decorated combat teams. 73 soldiers from Minidoka died while fighting for our country.