Larry Craig

Craig honored for Minidoka efforts

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

Craig and the rest of the Idaho congressional delegation are sponsoringlegislation to expand the Minidoka National Historic Site to include a farmthat was part of the camp and later part of a program to give land toveterans of World War II upon their return. The bill also authorizes eightacres 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 ofintentions," Craig said. "The treatment of Japanese Americans during WorldWar II was a dark period in our history, and one we could repeat if futuregenerations forget. Conserving the sites of the camps and establishingeducational opportunities will help ensure we don't repeat our pastmistakes."