Efforts To Preserve Camp Amache Move Forward

August 3, 2021
A restored guard tower located along the southern edge of Amache.A restored guard tower located along the southern edge of Amache.Caitlyn Kim/CPR News
A restored guard tower located along the southern edge of Amache.

A former internment camp in Southeast Colorado that housed Japanese-Americans during World War II is closer to becoming part of the national park system. The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Thursday supporting that designation for Camp Amache. The vote was 416 to 2.

Two Colorado representatives, Democrat Joe Neguse and Republican Ken Buck, are co-sponsors of the bill. The U.S. Senate must vote next. Colorado's two U.S. senators, Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, have requested a hearing for the bill.

Carlene Tanigoshi Tinker was a young girl when she and her family were forced to stay in the camp. Now she's been returning to help excavate and preserve what's left. Bonnie Clark is an archeologist and directs the University of Denver's Amache Research Project. They spoke with Avery Lill in May.