Friday, June 14, 2013
TULE LAKE, Calif. — Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were forcibly removed and incarcerated in remote camps during World War II without being charged of any crime. The National Park Service is seeking public comment to develop a management plan for one of those internment camps.
Japanese families from the Hood River Valley were relocated to Tule Lake during the internment. Their input, and input from others affected by this government action, is being sought.
Bringing this chapter of our nation’s history to light in a meaningful and comprehensive way is the challenge facing the National Park Service at the Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument in northern California.
The National Park Service will hold public workshops from June through September to open a national dialogue about Tule Lake’s future. This dialogue will result in a general management plan which identifies how to effectively protect the site and educate the public about this chapter in American history.
The Tule Lake Unit preserves the site of the Tule Lake Segregation Center, which was one of 10 camps where 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. Designated in 2008 by President George W. Bush, the purpose of the Tule Lake Unit is to preserve, study and interpret the history and setting of the incarceration of Japanese Americans at Tule Lake during World War II.
Between 1942 and 1946, more than 29,000 people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated there, and it was the largest population center in California north of Sacramento. Two-thirds of those incarcerated at Tule Lake were U.S. citizens.
“The NPS is honored to be charged with telling and preserving such a challenging story for the American people,” said Mike Reynolds, superintendent of the Tule Lake Unit and Lava Beds National Monuments. “Public involvement in the planning for the Tule Lake Unit will make the new unit a group effort. Working together will help the story become relevant to more people, so it will never be forgotten.”
The National Park Service will hold 15 public workshops at locations in California, Oregon and Washington. Two virtual meetings will be held in September. This is an opportunity to learn about the Tule Lake Unit, raise issues, provide ideas and help define the future of the Tule Lake Unit.
These meetings represent the “scoping” stage for the general management plan for the Tule Lake Unit. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.
Current information relevant to the GMP for the Tule Lake Unit is available at www.nps.gov/tule/
The public comment period will close on Oct. 11. Comments can be sent to tule_superintendent@nps
Meetings are slated to take place across the West Coast through mid-September. A virtual meeting web conference will be offered for those unable to attend gatherings on Sept. 24 from 3-5 p.m. The virtual meeting web access information will be posted on the Tule Lake websites and Facebook page.
Hood River and Portland meetings are scheduled as follows:
n July 1, 6-8 p.m., Portland Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, 121 N.W. Second Ave., Portland.
n July 2, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hood River County Library, 502 State St., Hood River.
For more information about visiting the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, call 530-260-0537, or email tule_interpretation @nps.gov, or go to nps.gov/tule.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge