GRANADA, Colo. (CBS4) – Two U.S. lawmakers representing Colorado come together to propose a bill to designate the Amache Incarceration Site near Granada, Colorado as a national park. Congressmen Joe Neguse and Ken Buck are behind the idea.
The Amache Incarceration Site was one of 10 centers where thousands of people, mostly of Japanese descent, were forced to move and be interned during the first few months of World War II.
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It was the result of an executive order under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
“Two thirds of the people in Amache were American citizens. Most of them had never been to Japan. Many others were first-generation Japanese elders who immigrated from Japan and who had been denied US citizenship for decades, “the legislature said in a press release.
An education center would be set up on site to discover its dark history.
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“The designation of the Amache site in southeast Colorado as a national park will provide education for future generations at this dark time in our nation’s history, as well as healing and honor for those who have lived it. We hope that the maintenance of this website represents a reconciliation for our communities and the nation, ”said Neguse.
“I am proud to introduce the Amache National Historic Site Act with Rep. Neguse because it is so important that we remember the injustices that have been committed against Japanese Americans,” said Rep. Ken Buck. “The nation is better today because we learned lessons from our past. Preserving Amache is one of those tough lessons for the people of eastern Colorado and the rest of our nation. “
Members of the Japanese Association of Colorado say they strongly support the bill.
The National Parks Conservation Association’s Colorado chapter states that the park system serves as “America’s storyteller,” and the story of the Amache Incarceration Site deserves to be told.
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The bill is expected to be introduced on April 21st.