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Poston, AZ Japanese Internment Camp monument (0701)
A monument to the Japanese Internment Camp built in Poston, AZ during WW II. The monument was built by the Colorado River Indian Tribes, former internees at Poston, military veterans, and others. The Colorado River Indian Tribe Reservation was created in 1865 for the Indians of the area (the Mohave and Chemehuevi); Hopi and Navajo Tribes were moved to the area as war relocation (Japanese internment) camps were built on Indian reservations at the beginning of WW II. The kiosk in front describes construction of the monument, the structure in the middle is dedicated to the internees. As is the case with other internment sites across the west, the site is poorly marked on the highway and its location is not promoted, thus few travelers are likely to visit the site and begin to grasp the enormity of the US actions against US citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII.