- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - Northwestern Wyoming’s Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is getting $116,000 to create an archive on World War II-era Japanese-American draft protests.

The Casper Star Tribune reports (https://tinyurl.com/zf9rl36 ) Heart Mountain is among centers across the country sharing $2.8 million in new National Park Service grants to help ensure the injustice of the World War II confinement of Japanese Americans is not forgotten.

Heart Mountain housed more than 10,000 Japanese Americans. Brian Liesinger, who is executive director of the center, says a group of Heart Mountain detainees refused to be drafted, saying that if they were going to fight, the government had to release their families and restore their rights. That led to the largest mass trial in Wyoming history. In the end, 63 men were each sentenced to three years in prison.


Information from Casper Star-Tribune: https://trib.com/

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