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    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ANNOUNCES $1.2 MILLION GRANTS TO PRESERVE AND INTERPRET
    WORLD WAR II JAPANESE AMERICAN CONFINEMENT SITES


    August 17, 2017

    WASHINGTON – The National Park Service announced today $1.2 million in grants to fund preservation, restoration, and education projects at several Japanese American confinement sites, in addition to $1.6 million awarded earlier this year for a total of $2.8 million. The 10 additional grantees in six states will tell the story of the more than 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens, who were imprisoned by the U.S. government following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan.

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    AN EPIC POLITICAL AND PERSONAL BOND, FORGED BEHIND BARBED WIRE
    Behind a WWII internment camp’s barbed wire, two Scouts forged a bond. It endured when they both entered Congress.

    August 18, 2017

    In HEART MOUNTAIN, Wyo. — When they are together, it’s not hard to see the Boy Scouts they were when they met seven decades ago, in the barbed-wire Japanese internment camp that sprawled over desolate fields. One was imprisoned here; one belonged to the only troop that agreed to a jamboree on the inside.

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    REVISITING A SHAMEFUL CHAPTER IN US HISTORY: JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT

    August 1, 2017

    The year after Pearl Harbor, Japanese-Americans were forced from their homes and businesses at gunpoint and shipped to concentration camps in remote areas. NBC’s Tom Brokaw marks the 75th anniversary of a shameful chapter in American history with a visit to one of those camps: Heart Mountain in Wyoming.

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    TOM BROKAW: FRIENDS ACROSS BARBED WIRE AND POLITICS

    August 11, 2017

    CODY, Wyo. — This year is the 75th anniversary of one of most shameful acts in American history. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 two months after the Pearl Harbor attack, consigning more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans on the West Coast to crudely constructed concentration camps in remote areas.

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    75 YEARS LATER: HEART MOUNTAIN PILGRIMAGE SERVES AS REMINDER OF HISTORY

    August 8, 2017

    POWELL, Wyo. — Feb. 19 marked the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the incarceration of Japanese Americans in internment camps following the outset of America's involvement in World War II.

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    FORMER HEART MOUNTAIN CURATOR HONORED

    August 3, 2017

    POWELL, Wyo. — On a cold snowy morning in November 1945, a then 10-year-old LaDonna Zall bore witness to a part of history the country would try for years to forget—an image that, more than 70 years later, she remembers as if it were yesterday.

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    JAPANESE AMERICANS SHARE MEMORIES AT PILGRIMAGE

    August 2, 2017

    POWELL, Wyo. — Ann Burroughs’ life story, which includes unjust detention in a South African jail for protesting apartheid, provided powerful parallels to the tales of incarcerees at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center.

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    WYOMING'S HEART MOUNTAIN INTERPRETIVE CENTER HONORS 442ND 

    Friday, January, 22, 2016

    POWELL, Wyo. — 2016 story on the 73rd anniversary of the activation of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all Japanese-American unit that ended up being the most highly decorated unit in the history of the U.S. Army for its size and length of service.

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    WYOMING'S HEART MOUNTAIN INTERPRETIVE CENTER RECALLS WWII FEARS, INJUSTICE 

    Saturday, June, 6, 2015

    CODY, Wyo. — The drive from the Montana ski town that I call home to Heart Mountain Interpretive Center near Cody crosses the high plains of northwestern Wyoming, a vast area dotted with sagebrush and fleet-footed pronghorns. To the north, east and south, there is nothing for miles but prairie and sky. To the west, the land buckles and then rises to become the Absaroka Mountain Range — literally the wall that divides this region from the bubbling, steaming wonders of Yellowstone National Park.


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    CONTESTED ARTIFACTS FROM INTERNMENT CAMPS WITHDRAWN FROM AUCTION 

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Hundreds of artifacts from Japanese-Americans held in internment camps during World War II were withdrawn from auction Wednesday night.

    More than 6,700 people, including the actor George Takei, had signed a change.org petition to postpone or call off the sale at Rago auction house in Lambertville, N.J. Internees had given much of the material to the historian Allen H. Eaton, who wrote about the pieces in his 1952 book, “Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps.” 

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    AUCTION OF CONCENTRATION CAMP ARTIFACTS HALTED AFTER COMMUNITY OUTRAGE 

    Thursday, April 16, 2015
    The planned auctioning of hundreds of artifacts from World War II American concentration camps, which has galvanized Japanese Americans from coast to coast against the Lambertville, N.J.-based Rago Arts and Auctions Center, has been halted, the company announced April 15.

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    ABC7 DOCUMENTARY FEATURED AT SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

    Friday, February 20, 2015
    WASHINGTON (KABC) --An Eyewitness News documentary was given the rare privilege of becoming part of an American institution. Our film, "Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain," delves into the story of Heart Mountain, where 10,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II, and was featured Thursday night at the Smithsonian Institution. 

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    Return to Heart Mountain - Powell Tribune

    Raymond Uno returned to Heart Mountain last week.  Uno, 83, first arrived in the windswept high plains of northwest Wyoming in 1942 as a prisoner, held in an armed camp because he was of Japanese ancestry.

    Last week, the retired district court judge from Salt Lake City came back to join with internees and others to honor Japanese American World War II veterans and others who served. The Heart Mountain World War II Japanese American Confinement Site’s fourth annual pilgrimage was held on Friday and Saturday. The two-day event was sponsored by the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation.

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    “Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain” won three Emmy Awards at the 66th annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards on July 26.

    Co-producer David Ono won for Outstanding Writer-Programming and co-producer Jeff MacIntyre won for Outstanding Editor-Programming and Outstanding Videographer-Single Camera Programming.

    “This isn’t just a win for the show, it’s a win for the entire Japanese American community,” MacIntyre said.

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    New Citizens Sworn In at "Place of Hope" -Billings Gazette
    Tuesday was a big day for Jesus Jonathan Davila.  In the shadow of Heart Mountain, on the site of a World War II internment camp for Japanese-Americans, Davila became a U.S. citizen.
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    New executive director named by Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation - The Billings Gazette
    Brian Liesinger has been selected as the new executive director of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation.
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    Past Heart Mountain prisoner tells CWC audience of ordeal during WWII captivity -The Ranger
    It's been a while since Sam Mihara has been to Riverton, and the circumstances of his two visits are juxtaposed by the passage of time. Mihara recalled traveling through Riverton at night on a train headed north, guarded by armed U.S. soldiers. Mihara and his family, along with eventually 12,000 other Japanese-Americans, were forced to leave their West Coast homes and imprisoned at the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp in Park County.
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    Wyoming:  Heart Mountain's chill winds of Japanese American Internment - The Los Angeles Times
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