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Project Collaboration

The Amache Alliance engages and supports a wide range of Amache preservation and educational projects.

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Amache Preservation Society

Education, on site projects, tours, and maintenance

The Amache Preservation Society (APS) maintains the physical site of Amache and is instrumental in its preservation.

 

The Granada High School society was established by Mr. John Hopper and consists of volunteer students.  With the help of supporting organizations, the APS has renovated the cemetery, established an Amache Museum and research center, restored key Amache landmarks, including the water tower, a guard tower, honor roll kiosk, and barrack.   

 

APS also reaches out to the local communities and educates about Amache.  The Amache Alliance helps maintain the Amache.org website and provides community support for their various programs.

National Park Service

Amache Special Resource Study

The Amache Special Resource Study was directed by Congress in 2019 under the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (P.L. 116-9).  This Special Resource Study (SRS) of the Granada Relocation Center, known as Amache, is evaluating its potential for inclusion and management within the national park system.  The Amache Alliance supported the NPS public comment period and provides connectivity to the Amache community for input and feedback.

Parkplanning - Amache Special Resource Study (nps.gov)

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National Parks Conservation Association

Amache National Historic Site Act (H.R. 2497 / S.1284)

NPCA and other partners are committed to creating a national park site that preserves the Amache incarceration camp, interprets the history under which it operated, and honors the people who were once imprisoned there indefinitely based solely on their ethnicity.

 

The Alliance is collaborating with the NPCA and Senior Colorado National Parks Program Manager, Tracy Coppola, in support of the legislative bills.  The bipartisan legislation by Representatives Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) and Ken Buck (R-Colo.) overwhelmingly passed the House by 416-2 in July 2021.  In the Senate, with leadership from Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and John Hickenlooper, (D-Colo.), the bill passed by unanimous consent on Monday February 14, and re-passed the House of Representatives via unanimous consent on Friday February 18. 

 

Amache National Historic Site Act (H.R. 2497) was signed into law by President Biden on March 18, 2022.  This authorizes the park to be established once a sufficient quantity of lands or interests in lands have been acquired.  In the meantime, the site will still be managed by the Amache Preservation Society.

Preserve the History of Amache

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Amache Interpretation Master Plan

The Amache Alliance is working with Sonoma State providing stakeholder and Amache community input.  Sonoma State University received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to revise and update the Amache Interpretation Master Plan.  An updated plan for the site and museum will more fully integrate the needs, perspectives, and voices of a stakeholder community that has substantially grown since the last plan was completed in 2007.

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Colorado Preservation Inc.

Barrack and Rec. Hall Interior Exhibits

Colorado Preservation, Inc. has received a NPS JACS grant to develop public exhibits for the reconstructed 12H barrack and 11F recreation hall.  CPI Preservation Services Director Jane Daniels is working with Amache community groups for project input.  The project team, including Amache Alliance Directors Dana Ogo Shew and April Kamp-Whittaker, will draft a conceptual framework and plans in early 2022.

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Amache Documentary Film & Educational Curriculum Project

Colorado Preservation, Inc., in a partnership with North Shore Productions in Portland, Oregon, will make a documentary film about Japanese Americans who were incarcerated in Amache during World War II.  A 2021 National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant provides the initial funding.   The Amache Alliance is providing access to historical expertise and stakeholder community engagement.

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