Leaving Internment Camp for Eastern Washington

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Kubokawa, Ellen
Japanese internment; from coast and camp; world war two; WW2; WWII; oral history
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The women above are leaving Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming to come to Eastern Washington.The camps were cramped, dusty, and ill-equipped for the 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who were housed there. One of these camps, Minidoka, was located in southern Idaho, near Twin Falls.Even while the war was going on, some families and individuals were able to move out of these camps to Eastern Washington. Because it was located in military zone three, Eastern Washington was considered an acceptable area for Japanese to live in.College-aged Nisei were able to attend schools in the Inland Northwest through sponsorships, the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council, and family friends and relatives. Some students were able to attend Gonzaga University and Whitworth College in Spokane and Washington State College in Pullman.