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Rep. Buck Welcomes Senate Committee's Passage of Amache National Historic Site Bill

November 18, 2021
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ken Buck (CO-04) welcomed the passage of the Amache National Historic Site bill out of the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee Thursday, clearing a path for the legislation to become law.
 
Buck previously supported holding hearings on the bill, which would take land once used for a Japanese American incarceration facility outside of Granada, Colorado, and turn it into the "Amache National Historic Site." It would also incorporate the land into the U.S. National Park System.
 
“The Amache National Historic Site Act recognizes the awful injustices committed against Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps, while preserving the site for the citizens of Colorado and the United States to visit and learn from in the future,” Buck said. “I am grateful to my colleagues in the House for voting to pass the act and applaud my colleagues on the Senate side for moving it forward. I hope the upper chamber will continue to prioritize this bill's swift passage, for former Camp Amache detainees and their families."
 
Several camp survivors supported passage of the Amache bill and went on record regarding it's symbolic and tangible importance for the future.
 
Mike Honda, former Member of Congress and Amache survivor saluted Buck and Neguse for showing what real cooperation on Capitol Hill can look like.
 
“Congressmen Neguse and Buck demonstrated what cooperation looks like on the Hill," Honda proclaimed. "Let’s hope the Senate collaborates in the same manner and sends the bill to the White House: this then will be the expression and realization of the people's will.” 
 
One living survivor, Carlene Tanigoshi Tinker, stressed the importance of a visual outlet for people to learn from -- so they too may develop the perseverance necessary to overcome any obstacle that may come their way.
 
“As a former Amachean and as a volunteer for the Amache Field School, I have learned the importance of having Amache as a National Park unit, as it would illustrate the hardships and the perseverance of the incarcerated people," Tinker said.
 
Background:
 
Amache was one of ten Japanese American incarceration facilities across the country. During World War II, nearly 10,000 Japanese Americans passed through Amache and over 7,000 lived there between 1942 and 1945.
 
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