Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement in response to the Department of Interior's announcement that it would move forward in awarding 17 grants totaling $2.9 million to preserve and interpret confinement sites around the country where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were detained during World War II:
"I'm pleased the Department of Interior is dedicated to preserving the historic confinement sites where thousands of Japanese Americans were unjustly held during World War II. These sites will safeguard an important part of our country's history and will ensure the stories of Japanese Americans will never be forgotten.
"In the face of fear and uncertainty, these sites remind us how important it is to protect the civil liberties of every individual in our country, at all times. I commend the Department on their decision to move forward."
Congressman Smith is a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), comprised of Members of Congress who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
The following projects from applicants in Washington State will receive awards:
*Project: "Honoring a Legacy, Forging a Future: Preserving the Stories and Collections of World War II Veterans and Internees"
Applicant: Wing Luke Memorial Foundation. (Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience), Seattle, WA Award: $170,833
Site: Minidoka National Historic Site, Jerome County, ID
*Project: "Enhancing Access to Heart Mountain Collections at Washington State University"
Applicant: Washington State University, Pullman, WA Award: $77,769
Site: Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Park County, WY
*Project: "Japanese American Confinement Sites Encyclopedia-Phase II"
Applicant: Densho, Seattle, WA Award: $362,450