What We Do
Former incarerees spent nearly 3 years incarcerated at Minidoka and other camps during World War II. Today, the site continues to hold a mixture of memories and strong emotions - feelings of denial, distrust, shame. There is also keen sense of joy and recognition of the many ways that our community resisted and cared for each other. These actions are sacred. The Pilgrimage is attended by former incarcerees, their family members, friends, and allies. It offers an opportunity to safely revisit the land and the memories amidst family, friends, supporters, and National Park Service officials. Our 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 a volunteer-run organization of survivors and descendants of the Japanese American incarceration, as well as allies. Through our annual pilgrimage to the Minidoka National Historic Site and other programming, our guiding mission is to honor and provide healing for the generations of our families and community members who were imprisoned during World War II in one of 75 American prison camps. We also strive to educate the general public on this often erased history. Our homebase is Seattle, WA.