Craig honored for Minidoka efforts

September 20, 2007 

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­ The Japanese American Citizens League on Thursday recognized Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's work to conserve the Minidoka National Historic Site, a camp near Jerome where Japanese-Americans were forced to relocate during World War II.

Craig and the rest of the Idaho congressional delegation are sponsoring legislation to expand the Minidoka National Historic Site to include a farm that was part of the camp and later part of a program to give land to veterans of World War II upon their return. The bill also authorizes eight acres in Bainbridge Island, Wash., as part of the site.

League representatives met with Craig to present an award and thank him. "During times of war, countries often make mistakes with the best of intentions," Craig said. "The treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II was a dark period in our history, and one we could repeat if future generations forget. Conserving the sites of the camps and establishing educational opportunities will help ensure we don't repeat our past mistakes."

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