Japanese American History In New Mexico

Marisa Demarco
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Japanese American history in New Mexico
Easter, 1941: [url]http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Ebi[/url]Roy Ebihara[xurl] (at far left, with siblings Mary, Kathy and Bill) was part of a tight-knit Japanese community living in Clovis, N.M. After Japan declared war, the families were threatened by neighbors and forced to move to a small camp in Lincoln County. They were finally interned at Topaz Relocation Center in Utah. (Courtesy of Roy Ebihara)
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Though a lifelong New Mexican, I had no idea before reporter Margaret Wright embarked onthis story that our state was home to internment camps for Japanese Americans during WWII.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is working to rectify that kind of widespread cultural ignorance. Salazar has been speaking about how minority history is largely left out of monuments countrywide.
Less than 3 percent of the United States’ landmarks are dedicated to minority groups.

The National Park Service is offering grants to people looking to memorialize sites within their communities. The Japanese American Citizens’ League of New Mexico secured funding to recognize the camps in New Mexico.
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