Over the three years since we listed Minidoka National Historic Site on our list of America's 11 Most Endangered Places, we've provided updates as the fight against a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) has made its way through the courts. Earlier this week, the Huffington Post took up the story, with a lengthy piece by Regina Weiss. She looks not only at the internment camp angle of the story, but also the role of the Japanese in California's - and America's - agricultural history in the 1940s.
While the government had no respect for the Japanese famers' land rights, their skills were nevertheless in great demand, as food was needed to feed an army and a hungry nation.
Her conclusion is one that we share:
Today, not even a decade after the Minidoka Internment Camp was promised permanent preservation as a National Historic Site, it is threatened with becoming permanently overshadowed by the massive waste lagoons, poisoned air and putrid water that characterize Idaho's dairy CAFOs.
Head over to the Huffington Post site for the full story. It's well worth a read.