What We Do
Former incarerees spent nearly 3 years incarcerated at Minidoka and other camps during WWII. Today, the site continues to hold a mixture of memories and strong emotions - feelings of denial, distrust, shame, and joy. The Pilgrimage is attended by former incarcerees, their family members, friends, and allies. The pilgrimage offers an opportunity to revisit the place and the memories amidst family, friends, supporters, and National Park Service officials. The intent is to honor the first generations of Japanese Americans who suffered most under institutionalized racist laws, to deliver the message of “Never Again,” and to pass on the legacy to anyone who will listen.
Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee
The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee is an all-volunteer run committee based in Seattle, Washington with the goal to organize an annual trip to the former Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho. The first pilgrimage began in 2003 and it is exciting to how every year is different and special.
The annual pilgrimage strives to honor the generations that were at Minidoka by sharing stories of their imprisonment with the younger generation and others unfamiliar with the story so that in the future due process of the law will be demanded so no single group is targeted again.