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WWII AND ALEUTS

Krishna Nautiyal

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WWII and Aleuts
Krishna Nautiyal

During World War II, the Aleutians were attacked by the Japanese, and Aleutian people were threatened. In response, the United States decided that the Native Americans on the Aleutians Islands were too close to Japan. On the basis of their ethnicity, they were put into what were basically concentration camps.

The Aleuts were told they had one hour to pack one bag per person, and were put aboard boats and taken to Kilisnoo and Ward Lake Evacuation camps. In the camps, there were often 16 people sharing one room, with little to no food, no toilets and no running water. Not only did 10% die from the conditions, but their culture began to die with them.

46 years after the war, the remaining Aleuts were given a small amount of money to compensate for their loses, but no amount could ever repay loyal Aleutian Americans for their lost dignity and trampled Constitutional rights.

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