Colorado Governor Calls for National Park Designation of Amache Site

Colorado Governor Calls for National Park Designation of Amache Site

DENVER, CO (STL.News) Governor Jared Polis sent a letter calling on the National Park Service to support the inclusion of the former Amache Japanese Internment Camp Site near Grenada, Colorado into the National Park system.  The National Park Service is currently evaluating the suitability for inclusion of the Amache site into the National Park system through a Special Resource Study.  This study represents an early step in the process of designating this site as a National Park site, and was directed by congress via the 2019 John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act.  The public may wish to provide public comment during this time, or participate in one of the upcoming public comment sessions that will be held by the National Park Service later this month.

“In Colorado, we are fortunate to have twelve national park units that we cherish not only because they ensure our natural wonders are preserved for future generations, but because they also ensure our national history and cultural experience are preserved as well, even when we are called to face dark times in our nation’s past,” said Governor Polis.  “Preserving and protecting the Amache site presents a valuable opportunity to better our country, our state, our history and most importantly our future in the spirit of justice, equity and inclusion. 

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Author: Maryam Shah