US officials apologize for WWII internment of Unangan people

Published: Jun. 17, 2017 at 3:40 PM AKDT
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Federal officials have apologized for their role in the World War II internment of the Unangan people in Alaska.

Alaska's Energy Desk reports Jim Kurth, acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, traveled earlier this week to St. Paul Island to speak with survivors and descendants.

Fish and Wildlife agents oversaw the internment of the people of the Alaska Pribilof Islands after the Japanese bombed Dutch Harbor in 1942. They were sent to inhumane camps in southeast Alaska, where many perished due to illness and starvation.

Almost 900 Alaska Natives were evacuated from the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands.