The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3989 Tuesday, the Heart Mountain Relocation Center Study Act. U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis sponsored the bill, and she explains what it would accomplish.
The area encompasses 123 acres, 73 of which are already owned by the federal government. The remaining 50 acres are owned by the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation.
The Heart Mountain Relocation Center, which operated from August 12, 1942 until November 10, 1945, held nearly 11,000 Japanese-American internees. While residing at the Relocation Center, internees set up systems for democratic governance, health care, education, farming, and community services. More than 750 internees served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II; 85 internees were imprisoned for resisting the draft.
Heart Mountain is one of 10 relocation camps and has retained several original structures unique to its time.
Currently there are only two former internment camps that have been recognized as National Historic Sites by the National Park Service. They are Idaho's Minidoka National Historic Site and California's Manazar National Historic Site.