Barrasso Introduces Bill to Increase Access to Japanese American History During World War II

July 20, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), introduced S.4555, the Japanese American World War II History Network Act. This legislation directs the Secretary of the Interior to identify National Park Service units for inclusion in a network of historic sites related to Japanese American history during World War II. 

“Much of the history of Japanese American internment during World War II is located in the West, including in Park County, Wyoming,” said Barrasso. “My legislation lays the groundwork for protecting this history for future generations. It will establish a process to recognize sites related to Japanese American experiences in World War II to include in a historic network. The network will help improve access to the stories of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans who faced discrimination, involuntary relocation, and confinement during the war. It represents an important chapter in American history that must be preserved.” 

Read the text of the Japanese American World War II History Network Act here.