Naturalization Ceremony Scheduled In Mammoth Hot Springs September 7, 2016

Yellowstone National Park will host a naturalization ceremony 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

There ceremony will take place in Mammoth Hot Springs on the lawn adjacent to Opal Terrace, across the road from Liberty Cap. Participants may park around the Mammoth Hotel.

According to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services press release, the event is one of more than 100 taking place across the national park system. Yellowstone held a naturalization ceremony last year where 37 people took the Oath of Allegiance to complete the process and become U.S. citizens.

This year, 37 additional immigrants will travel from Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming to participate in the ceremony. From the USCIS press release:

The immigrants are originally from Burma, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Columbia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Spain, South Africa, Tonga, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Yugoslavia.

Kristi Barrows, USCIS Denver District director, and Steve Iobst, Yellowstone deputy superintendent, will speak, with U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman, District of Wyoming, administering the oath. Francis Leland Pico, assistant U.S. attorney, will address the court for the U.S. attorney general.

Presentation of the Colors will be by the Yellowstone National Park Mounted Color Guard. Park Ranger Michael Breis will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Jennifer Fernandez from U.S. Senator Mike Enzi’s office and Sherlyn Kaiser, field representative from Congressman Cynthia Lummis’ officer will distribute congratulatory letters to the new citizens.

The NPS has partnered with USCIS on promoting and understanding of citizenship since 2006. Since the launch of the partnership, the NPS has hosted naturalization ceremonies for thousands of new Americans at sites across the country.

USCIS is encouraging participants in the ceremony and their family and friends to share photos of the ceremony through social media using the hashtags #newUScitizen and #FindYourPark.

About Sean Reichard

Sean Reichard is the editor of Yellowstone Insider and author of Yellowstone Insider For Families 2017.

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