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Day 15. Intersection of the Japanese American Incarceration & Indigenous Dispossession.

“Japanese American incarceration, like all of American history, took place on occupied Indigenous land. These threads of displacement, confinement and forced assimilation are rooted in a much larger history of white supremacy and settler-colonial violence that we must see fully in order to dismantle fully.”

The first public acknowledgement of the Japanese American internment connection came with the 2003 exhibition Snow Country Prison: Interned in North Dakota, organized by the North Dakota Museum of Art and UTTC. It was also driven by the connection between Gipp, curator and museum director Laurel Reuter, and Satsuki Ina, who had chanced upon the site in 2000 and met Gipp while doing research for a film (https://resourceguide.densho.org/From%20a%20Silk%20Cocoon%20(film)/m) about her father’s internment at Fort Lincoln. The opening of the exhibition brought many internees and their families back to the site for the first time.

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