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Read through recent and past Heart Mountain press releases below:
Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation Appoints Aura Sunada Newlin as Executive Director
The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Aura Sunada Newlin as its permanent executive director, which culminates a months-long, nationwide search. She is a fourth-generation Wyomingite, fourth-generation Japanese American, graduate of the University of Wyoming and former anthropology professor at Northwest College in Powell. She was the longtime Heart Mountain board secretary before agreeing to serve as interim executive director.
Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation Presents Night of Taiko and Shakuhachi
The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation is proud to present a performance by the San Jose Taiko drumming ensemble and shakuhachi grand master Michael Chikuzen Gould at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 18 at Northwest College’s Nelson Performing Arts Center.
HMWF Decries Attacks on the Loyalty of Asian American Member of Congress
Eighty-one years ago, 120,000 people of Japanese descent were incarcerated without evidence, because opportunistic politicians used their ethnicity to question their loyalty after the Imperial Japanese government’s attack on Pearl Harbor. As much as we want to believe that the arc of the moral universe, while long, eventually bends toward justice, the recent attacks on Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., by a handful of her House colleagues have shown us that not enough has changed over the last 81 years.
Heart Mountain Opens New Exhibit on Ties Between Holocaust and Japanese American Soldiers
The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will open on Saturday, February 18, its new exhibit, Parallel Barbed Wire, which features the remarkable stories of Heart Mountain incarceree Clarence Matsumura and Holocaust survivor Solly Ganor.
HMWF Challenges Proposed Fee Increase for Immigration Files
The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation has filed a public comment with the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service protesting a near quadrupling of the fee to process and copy the immigration files of Japanese immigrants to the United States in the 20th century, many of whom were incarcerated in Heart Mountain and other camps during World War II.