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President’s signature makes it official: Colorado’s Amache site now part of National Park Service

The decades-long effort to ensure lasting recognition of Colorado’s Granada War Relocation Center — also known as Camp Amache — finally reached the finish line Friday as President Joe Biden signed legislation making it a national historic site. In a White House ceremony, the president’s signature gave final approval to the bill that will place […]

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Colorado’s Camp Amache will become a national historic site after getting congressional approval

A bill making Colorado’s Granada War Relocation Center — also known as Camp Amache — a national historic site is awaiting President Joe Biden’s signature after it won final approval from Congress. Biden is expected to sign the bill, which was presented to him last week, into law in the coming days. The legislation will […]

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Littwin: Camp Amache, the oft-forgotten World War II internment camp, is now officially remembered

Sometimes, even as a cynical columnist, you find yourself moved to write about something truly good, something extraordinary, something — OK, I don’t want to get carried away here, because this story also has the expected opposition, setbacks and struggle — that shines a light on the fact that, contrary to what you might hear […]

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Amache is on the verge of earning national park status — and its place in history — after U.S. Senate approves bill

Nearly 80 years after a presidential order created incarceration camps on American soil to hold people of Japanese descent, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation Monday night designating the site of Colorado’s Granada War Relocation Center – also known as Camp Amache – a national historic site. The vote marks the last key step toward […]

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In the wake of anti-Asian violence, Colorado congressmen push Amache’s designation as National Historic Site

The recently stalled push to bring the Amache incarceration camp into the National Park system got an energy boost Wednesday through a bipartisan bill to designate the square-mile on Colorado’s southeastern plains, where more than 7,000 Japanese Americans were held during World War II, a National Historic Site. The bill, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Joe […]

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Push to get Colorado’s Amache internment camp a national park designation interrupted by coronavirus

At first, the trip unfolded as just an academic tracing of family history.  John Tonai had for years heard the stories from his father, Minoru, about the Amache internment camp in southeastern Colorado, where the U.S. government transported thousands of Japanese Americans from California and held them behind barbed wire and guard posts for three […]

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The story of a dismal chapter in U.S. history didn’t end with internment camps

Denny Dressman is a former award-winning reporter, editor and senior executive who concluded a 42-year newspaper career in 2007 when he retired from The Rocky Mountain News after 25 years there. A member of the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame and a past president of both the Colorado Press Association and the Colorado Authors’ […]