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Proclamation remembers Idaho internment camp prisoners

Posted at 4:06 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 18:06:20-05

BOISE — Idaho Governor Brad Little issued a proclamation Monday to recognize and remember the people of Japanese ancestry imprisoned at the Minidoka prison camp in southcentral Idaho during WWII.

Little signed the proclamation in the governor's ceremonial office in the Statehouse -- with a former prisoner from the Minidoka camp in the audience.

Ninety-three-old Sadami Tanabe of Boise lived at the camp for four years in the 1940s, after being relocated with his parents and three siblings from Oregon when he was sixteen years old.

Starting in 1942, when the U.S. was at war with Japan, some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were ordered by the U.S. government into prison camps around the country.

The camp in Idaho is now a national historic site managed by the National Park Service.

(by Keith Ridler, Associated Press)

(photo courtesy; National Park Service)