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April 13, 2021 The Shepard Symposium on Social Justice at the University of Wyoming has announced that Aura Sunada-Matsumura Newlin,...
April 13, 2021
The Shepard Symposium on Social Justice at the University of Wyoming has announced that Aura Sunada-Matsumura Newlin, secretary of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation’s board of directors, will receive their Community Member Award for 2021. The award recognizes dedication to social justice causes in the state of Wyoming. The ceremony will take place during the Shepard Symposium, on Friday, April 16.
Named for Matthew Shepard and honoring the work of the Shepard family, the Shepard Symposium brings together leading voices in social justice—scholars, students, community members, activists, artists, and filmmakers—to support an inclusive dialogue addressing issues of social and environmental justice in interpersonal, community, and structural contexts.
The Community Member Award is given to an individual demonstrably dedicated to a social justice cause, project, or organization. They must also demonstrate leadership by acting as an advocate and role model for their chosen activities within the state of Wyoming and the wider community.
During World War II, Newlin’s great grandparents and six of their children were among the more than 14,000 Japanese Americans unjustly imprisoned at Heart Mountain. Her grandfather, who was already living and working in Wyoming, was fired from his position with the Union Pacific Railroad and had his cameras and hunting rifles seized.
Newlin’s family story has driven her to become an advocate for racial justice. In addition to her work with the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, Newlin is part of the steering committee for the Japanese American advocacy group Tsuru for Solidarity. In recent months, she has been a prominent voice in Wyoming against anti-Asian discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic. Newlin is a resident of Cody and is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Northwest College in Powell.
Newlin said that this award is personally significant to her. “Being recognized with this honor feels particularly meaningful,” Newlin said, “because Matthew Shepard was killed during the first semester of my freshman year at the University of Wyoming. In hindsight, his death and its aftermath solidified my commitment to social justice work. I am grateful for the work of the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice and humbled to accept this award.”
Read Aura's recent op-ed in the Casper Star Tribune: "Racialized rhetoric in legislature hearkens back to 'Yellow Peril,' implicitly fuels anti-Asian violence."
Photo: Aura Sunada-Matsumura Newlin at the former Heart Mountain Japanese American confinement site, where several members of her family were held during World War II. Photo by Ted Brummond, UW Photo Services.
Our new podcast, Look Toward the Mountain, tells the stories of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at Heart Mountain. Told through...
Our new podcast, Look Toward the Mountain, tells the stories of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at Heart Mountain. Told through a combination of archival recordings, written accounts, and contemporary interviews, each episode delves into specific topics demonstrating the innovation, creativity, and resilience that enabled the Japanese American community to endure this unjust ordeal.
All episodes are available now!
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Discover stories of young Japanese Americans who were uprooted from their communities and removed to live behind barbed wire during...
Discover stories of young Japanese Americans who were uprooted from their communities and removed to live behind barbed wire during World War II. Examine powerful stories of high school students living in these confinement sites through the lens of primary sources and how some of these students eventually served our country and even died in conflict.
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center staff collaborated with The National WWII Museum to produce this two-part student webinar. Check out the two episodes and then explore the From Barbed Wire to Battlefield web pages.
Health & Safety Protocols: The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation takes the safety of our members and visitors seriously. To that...
Health & Safety Protocols: The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation takes the safety of our members and visitors seriously. To that end, the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will follow all the orders and recommendations made by state and local officials. We have instituted aggressive new cleaning procedures and changed some of the ways we operate to minimize the risk.
PLEASE WEAR A MASK
All visitors must wear face masks and observe social distancing measures while in the interpretive center, for the health and safety of themselves and others. Masks are available for use, upon request.
- Please note: The interpretive center closes at 4:00pm every day that it is open.
- The hospital grounds, memorial and honor roll, and Setsuko Saito Higuchi Interpretive Trail remain open for self-guided exploration.
- All in-person events and programs at the center have been canceled for the foreseeable future. We are offering an array of digital programs and content. Click here to explore our online programming.
- We will continue to provide updates on future events throughout the next few months. For the latest information, follow Heart Mountain on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
- The 2021 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage will take place on July 23-24 and will be largely digital. Please visit our Pilgrimage page for updates. Last year, in lieu of an-person pilgrimage, the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation collaborated with Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages and other organizations to create a nine-week virtual pilgrimage. Check out the incredible array of discussions, talks, films, and programs from this summer of community events HERE.
- Please refer to the COVID-19 page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the latest updates on the pandemic and guidance on dealing with this physically, psychologically, and logistically.
Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate these uncertain times. If you have questions, please reach out to us. If you would like to support our work during this difficult period, please consider becoming a member or making a donation or a purchase from our online store.