The Friends of Minidoka engages in and supports education, research and historic preservation of the WWII incarceration experience. We strive to pass on the history, legacy, and lessons of civil liberties through transforming and inspiring experiences for the general public and those with personal and familial ties to Minidoka. We are committed to working with partners, including the National Park Service, to accomplish these goals.
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Minidoka Pilgrimage featured in the Idaho Statesman
Anna Webb writes about the 2015 Minidoka Pilgrimage and Friends of Minidoka's efforts to fundraise for the historic reconstruction of the baseball field at centerfield. Read online article here.
10th Annual Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium
June 24-25, 2015, 8am-5pm
Boise State University:
Skaggs Lecture Hall, Micron Business & Economics Building
Participation is $70 (includes breakfast and lunch)

Click here for community/public online registration

The Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium is an event for university students, local teachers, and the community. This year the theme is "Citizenship: Rights and Responsibilities." It will examine the roles and responsibilities of citizens and to present case studies of how individuals and organizations have responded to constitutional crisis, civil liberties and personal rights issues; and to bring focused discourse on the role of citizens when asked how they might participate in fostering a cultural of civic engagement. This symposium is brought to you by the partnership of the Friends of Minidoka, the Minidoka National Historic Site (National Park Service), Boise State University, and the ACLU of Idaho.

This class is will be offered for continuing education credit for teachers and college credit at Boise State University under POLS 494/594, HIST 494/594, and SOC 494.
University housing is available at a subsidized rate. Click here for more information.

Speakers include:
Tom Ikeda- Executive Director of Densho
John Tateishi- Former Executive Director of the Japanese American Citizens League
Thomas A. Guglielmo- Associate Professor of American Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at the George Washington University, author of Race War: World War II and the Crisis of American Democracy
David Adler- Lecturer, Boise State University
Carol Ash- Chief of Education and Interpretation at the Minidoka National Historic Site
Judy Geniac- Superintendent of the Minidoka National Historic Site
Holli Woodings- Idaho State Legislature Representative, Disctrict 19B
Bill Roden- Former Idaho State Legislator, Lobbyist, and voted one of Idahoís Most Influential People in the state.
G Yamazawa, June 24 at Boise Events Center
Join us for a special performance by G Yamazawa, spoken word artist and National Poetry Slam Champion.

Born in Durham, NC and raised by Japanese immigrants, George Masao Yamazawa, Jr., is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country. At 24 years old, "G" is the youngest poet to become a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and Southern Fried Champion. He has toured in over 40 American cities and five European countries.

This event is sponsored by the 10th Annual Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium, and is brought to you through a partnership between Friends of Minidoka, Minidoka National Historic Site (National Park Service), Boise State University, and the ACLU of Idaho.

The performance will be held on June 24, 2015, at 7pm at Boise State University's Special Events Center. It it open to the public and free to attend. Event flyer
Friends of Minidoka Statement on Confined Animal Feedlot
FOM is concerned about the scale and location of a proposed confined animal feedlot operation (CAFO) and the negative impact on Minidoka's ability to tell the many stories about the Japanese American incarceration and historical development of agriculture in the Magic Valley. FOM seeks to work with the CAFO owners to reach a voluntary, "win-win" agreement that would continue the traditional agricultural use of the Southview Dairy property by compensating the landowners and permanently eliminating the CAFO as a threat to the park. Read more...
Minidoka Pilgrimage, June 25-28
More information and online registration for the pilgrimage are now available at: the Minidoka Pilgrimage Website. Registration deadline is June 1st.

Friends of Minidoka will host the annual pilgrimage to the Minidoka National Historic Site on June 25-28, 2015. The event brings together former incarcerees, their families, students, and educators from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and even Japan.

The pilgrimage offers an opportunity to revisit the place and the history with National Park Service officials and share memories amidst family, friends, supporters. It is a way to honor those who were unjustly incarcerated, to learn more about the experience, and to pass on the legacy so that this type of discrimination and injustice does not happen again.
Guard Tower Fundraising
View the Guard Tower Reconstruction Website set up by Boise State University. The entry Guard Tower at Minidoka was one of eight guard towers located around the perimeter of the camp manned by US military police, their guns pointing in at Japanese American captives. The reconstructed entry Guard Tower will offer visitors a window into the physical and emotional experience of those who pass beneath it to enter the camp during itís operation. Read More...
Spring 2013 Newsletter
Our Spring 2013 Newsletter is now available online. The newsletter is being sent by postal mail to members, and by email to all of those who have subscribed to FoM updates.
Minidoka Interlude
Friends of Minidoka has completed another publication of the Minidoka Interlude. The Interlude was a year book of sorts that cataloged events and people at Minidoka. Click here for order form (PDF).