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Japanese vs Tulelake Controversy

More than 1300 acres of land in Tulelake have have been dedicated to the Tule Lake Unit,
interpreting history of Japanese relocated here during WWII. The Japanese Tulelake Committee
has now sued to shut down the Tulelake Airport

Japanese 'Stop the Fence' Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/StopTheFence?fref=ts
HERE for first Japanese lawsuit  - Writ of Mandamus

Letters opposing the National Park Service (NPS)-preferred  Alternative Plan C to develop the WWII Japanese Relocation Camp. With the current lawsuit by the Japanese Tule Lake Committee against our Tulelake Airport, Modoc County, and City of Tulelake, NPS encouraging tours to be conducted on the airport throughout the day, efforts to buy more land for their monument, etc, our community opposes the NPS multimillion $ plan to develop 1400 acres already acquired for their monument.
*Letter from U.S. Congressman LaMalfa to National Park Service regarding Alternatives for developing WWII Japanese Relocation Camp, Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (GMP/EA) posted 5/29/17.
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Letter from Modoc County to NPS regarding Alternatives for WWII Tule Lake Unit Valor in the Pacific NPS GMP and EA, posted 5/29/17
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Letter from Siskiyou County to National Park Service regarding Alternatives for developing WWII Tule Lake Unit Valor in the Pacific NPS GMP and EA posted 5/29/17
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Letter from Tulelake Growers Association to National Park Service regarding Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (GMP/EA) posted 5/29/17.
* Letter from Tulelake Irrigation District to National Park Service regarding Alternatives for developing WWII Tule Lake Unit Valor in the Pacific NPS GMP and EA posted 5/29/17
* Letter from City of Tulelake to NPS regarding Alternatives for WWII Tule Lake Unit Valor in the Pacific NPS GMP and EA, posted 5/29/17

* Letter from Macys Flying Service, Tulelake, to their community regarding NPS General Management Plan for Tulelake WWII Japanese relocation camp

An old injustice won't justify a newer one, H&N letter to editor by David Porter Misso 5/5/17. "Great news for lawyer fees, thanks to the (Japanese) Tule Lake Committee / TLC and its new and improved lawsuit to shut down our Tulelake Airport and close the largest non-governmental business in this part of Modoc County...The TLC must start working to improve their anti-rural prejudice and help build a top notch educational visitor center..."

Tule Lake Committee re-files airport fencing lawsuit, H&N 4/13/17. KBC brief overview: Indians dwelled in this region, including where our Tulelake Airport is, for hundreds or more years. It was farmed since the turn of the century. For four years, after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were relocated to Newell, within the Tulelake Basin. Later those who refused to pledge their allegiance to the USA were confined here with their families until the end of WWII, while our local veterans were either fighting in the foreign war or in Japanese POW camps. As with other relocation camps, after the war the camp was removed. In the 1950's the Tulelake Airport was built to service 200x200 / 40,000 square miles of agriculture, along with emergency airlifts, Forest Service wildfire airplane refueling, emergency landings, and to be a regular airport for our basin. In the past several years, the Japanese have acquired over 1400 acres of land to tell their story. They feel over 6000 acres, wherever they walked, is their sacred land. The Japanese Americans and their partners CAIR,  Council on American-Islamic Relations, are encouraging the lawsuit against our county, city and family-run airport, so they can acquire our airport to add to their monument. Our local National Park Service is encouraging their getting onto the airport. The Indians and local communities support our airport and oppose the Japanese expansion of more land. The NPS General Management plan option C, many millions of dollars, was opposed by our communities after the NPS encouraged the Japanese to get onto the airport. Opposition was from the City of Tulelake, Modoc County, Siskiyou County, Tulelake Irrigation District, Tulelake Growers Association, Congressman LaMalfa, and KBC News constituents. The Tule Lake Committee website blasts our White veterans who homesteaded here and us "white supremists", https://www.tulelake.org . Our community initially looked forward to working together and telling our whole community's history...their lawsuits don't appear to make good neighbors.

Comments due Feb 28 NPS General Management Plan for Tulelake WWII Japanese relocation camp

Letter from Macys Flying Service, Tulelake, to their community regarding NPS General Management Plan for Tulelake WWII Japanese relocation camp Includes where to send comments.

Tule Lake Unit, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument comments by Rudy Hiley February 26, 2017

George Takei sets phaser to ‘American Spring,’ calls for revolution against Trump, Washington Times 2/27/17.
George Takei, filmmaker/actor, 'Stop the Fence Tulelake', opposes erecting a security fence around our airport in Tulelake which services from Chiloquin, Oregon to Susanville, CA, 40,000 square miles for rural agriculture land. Takei just released films in 400 cities (NOT the Klamath Basin) on life in the relocation camp in Tulelake after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Presently there is a lawsuit to stop the fence, and the Japanese want our airport gone so they can eventually develop the camp where they lived for four years.

Stop Scaring People George Takei 11/21/16 Breitbart. "Star Trek icon George Takei recently sent me — and perhaps thousands of other people — an email on behalf of the Democratic Party, under the subject “Japanese internment. The purpose of the spam is to scare liberals into donating to the Democrats, on the theory that President-elect Donald Trump is planning to round up Muslims in the same way..."

Tule Lake Unit, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument comments by Rudy Hiley February 26, 2017

What is being proposed is a “Taking” pure and simple. NPS encroaching onto the Tule Lake airport and the advocation group involved are an overreach on the part of NPS, letter to KBC News by Werner Hoyt, posted to KBC 2/25/17

***2/4/17 - Comments are due Feb 28, 2017 for development of the WWII Japanese relocation camp near Tulelake, the NPS / National Park Service’s  GMP / General Management Plan.  Approximately 67 concerned citizens and government employees attended the Jan. 18 meeting in Tulelake, by far the largest turnout of all the recent meetings Lava Beds National Monument Superintendent Larry Whalon has held from Washington to LA. This plan will affect every person and business in the Tulelake basin. Most all those who spoke opposed expansion of the already-acquired 1300 acres of land..."
   Included are notes from Tulelake public meeting and comments,
       and links to:
* Whalon's meeting video in San Jose with Japanese Americans
* Macy's Flying Service's letter to support Plan A
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articles and documents with Tule Lake Committee board of director members and their affiliations, and their partnerships with CAIR / Council on American-Islamic Relations

 

Who's Who in Japanese-American Tule Lake committee, and documentation of Japanese American ties to Muslim “terrorist group” CAIR,  2/4/17. A few of the articles include:
* Muslims and Japanese Americans Take 11th Annual Pilgrimage to Manzanar WWII Detention Camp
* Larry Whalon, superintendent of Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake, asks Manzanar committee (CAIR partner) for comments on Tule Lake Management Plan
* John Kerry tried to remove CAIR from terror list
* The importance of a multifaith movement for Japanese Americans and Muslim Americans today.

National Park Service staff step up campaign against Trump, H&N, posted to KBC 2/4/17. "The National Park Service employees’ Twitter campaign against President Donald Trump spread to other parks on Wednesday, with tweets on climate change and a reminder that Japanese Americans were forcibly interned in camps and parks during World War II..."

**The next meeting outlining the Tulelake Unit General Management Plan will be held on Wednesday January 18, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Tulelake City Hall. This is the plan to develop the WWII Japanese Relocation Camp site for tourists. Presently the site is more than 1300 acres dedicated to their story. They are hoping for more "willing sellers" in and near the Tulelake airport; Tulelake airport and community members support plan A.

! MEETING MONDAY NOV. 28, 2016 - TULELAKE, Nov. 29 Klamath - Tule Lake Unit Valor in the Pacific National Monument (National Park for Japanese Americans who were relocated here during WWII).
* General Management Plan and Environmental Summary fall 2016 (16 pages)
* ENTIRE GMP and EA fall 2016. IF you have time to read the 277 pages, it is well worth it.
* Tule Lake meetings begin next week; Comments, input sought at Tulelake and Klamath Falls meetings, H&N 11/23/16

KBC NOTE:
Klamath Basin Crisis is at the table with 3 other local organizations plus Udall Foundation facilitators, Japanese Americans, Oklahoma Modoc Tribe and Klamath Tribe, and several government agencies. KBC represents you, the local citizens. As most of you know, a Japanese American group is suing Macy's Flying Service because they oppose constructing a safety fence around the airport (although there is a stay on the lawsuit during the stakeholder meetings). Most all airports have a fence to keep out stray dogs, horses, cows, deer, cars, people, to save lives. Those suing want the airport gone so they can include the land in their National Monument, which already includes more than 1300 acres of their 'sacred ground', where the Japanese lived, farmed, and walked for four year. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and declared war on the U.S., our government sent the West Coast Japanese to relocation camps during WWII, one being in Tule Lake. Our airport, built in the 1950's, services 200x200 miles for mostly emergency services, agriculture, and firefighting planes, and has existed over 60 years. Our community consists of WWI and WWII veterans who survived the WWI and WWII and their families; they won homesteads after their service in the wars.
   The General Management Plan/GMP long version, tells how this monument can help tell the story about how our country betrayed the Japanese Americans. The plan does not support eminent domain, however it projects how willing sellers might agree to sell to increase the size of the monument in the future. The Lava Beds preferred alternative would hire year round employees, rebuild some of the existing historic buildings, and would cost nearly $12 million initially, and over $1 million annually (pages 80-84). Planned is $92,000 for a 'vault toilet', Park Film $400,000, etc. It includes climate action plan, soundscapes management plan (airports are noisy), lots of management plans, studies, maps, surveys, dark night sky inventories, and dozens more.
   The Tribes oppose removing our airport; they lived here for thousands of years and were killed or displaced, and resent this being called 'sacred ground' of people living here 4 years. The community, farmers dependent on our airport and keeping our agriculture intact, resents being sued, and now it is a crime for us to even walk on our formerly-public land, the Peninsula, which is already part of the Japanese monument. We are fine with their 35 acres of land to tell their story, but it is apparent that is not enough. Check out on FaceBook 'Stop the Fence at Tulelake.'
   Please, read what you can of the Plan, come to the meeting, and send comments.

December 7, 1941

                          

70th anniversary of Bly (Oregon) bombing recalled. Picnic outing turns deadly when Japanese bomb discovered, followed by Ceremony marks 70th anniversary of WWII deaths, H&N 5/6/15. "The killings were caused by a Japanese balloon bomb. About 9,000 hydrogen-filled balloons carrying 30,000 bombs were launched from Honshu, Japan, during a five-month period that ended in April 1945."

December 7, 2016. KBC News: Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor; we honor our veterans! Klamath Basin is the home of survivors and their families of Pearl Harbor and WWII, of veterans who were invited by their government to farm here after their service to our country. Some survived being POWs in Japan. They won homesteads, and were given a barracks to live in from the WWII Japanese relocation camp near Tulelake. The veterans did not want the relocation camp to be located here, and they felt the camp was wrong. Today the descendants of the Japanese-American families who were relocated here are suing our airport managers to prevent a security fence from being erected around the airport, with the goal of shutting down the airport so they can claim their "sacred ground". Our small airport services 40,000 square miles, providing ag and emergency services to our small communities dependent on it. Presently the Lava Beds National Monument, which is managing the Tule Lake Unit (over 1040 acres near Tulelake have been dedicated to telling the story of the Japanese relocation), wants to put millions of dollars, the most expansive plan of 3, into developing and resurrecting much of the camp which is now mostly gone, including acquiring more land from "willing" sellers. The lawsuit could cause our airport that services our homesteads to be a "willing" seller. Their story would not include stories of our veterans and their families and Pearl Harbor, but has been stated to include the "racism" and "war hysteria" by our white veterans and government. Here is a recent article urging Japanese American sympathizers into voting to vastly expand the services and acreage "...As the Tule Lake Committee says, it is all hallowed ground, and visitors should be able to experience and walk on the lands where their families once endured incarceration and segregation — without the barrier of an 8- to 10-foot high fence around an existing airstrip that cuts through the heart of the old barracks ground.." http://resisters.com/2016/11/28/adopt-alternative-c-for-public-access-to-tule-lake/ . It continues,  "Under an incoming federal administration that threatens a Muslim registry and mass deportations if not incarcerations, the lessons of Tule Lake are needed more than ever." Our community supports a museum and some tours and services on the land they've already taken, but not the decimation of our airport and remaining ag economy of our veteran families.

Here is our Homesteader Page.

Petition for Writ of Mandamus 7/25/14: Tule Lake Committee vs / County of Modoc, County of Modoc Board of Supervisors, City of Tulelake, City Council of the City of Tulelake, Respondents Macy's Flying Service and Nick Macy. "The Tule Lake Committee brings this mandamus action to protect historic integrity and access to the Tule Lake Segregation Center, a National Historic Monument...The city and county now propose to construct various airport improvements which the Tule Lake committee contends will adversely impact the historic integrity of the site..."

Tule Lake land grab needs to end, H&N letter to the editor by David Misso, Tulelake, posted to KBC 7/25/16

Calif. U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa proposed HB4387 "This Act may be cited as the “Tule Lake National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2016”, posted to KBC 1/27/16. "When preparing the general management plan, the Secretary shall consult with the City, County, and Airport to ensure that management of the Historic Site does not negatively impact operation of the Airport."

Barbara Boxer bill to establish the Tule Lake National Historic Site in the State of California in Tulelake, posted to KBC 1/27/16

Japanese suing to shut down the Newell (near Tulelake) airport. KBC responds in the interview for "stakeholders" from the Udall Foundation, Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. Modoc County invited them to bring consensus in the conflict. The Japanese group and wealthy supporters have sued Tulelake, managing the small airport that serves the local family farms, because they don't want a security fence that is mandated by FAA around the airport: “Visitors…. want to summon up the ghosts of the place, to revive long-suppressed memories and to mourn personal and collective loss…” 

Legislation to change Tule Lake status offered (of the WWII Japanese Relocation Camp), KBC 1/7/16

PRESS RELEASE - Tulelake Airport Stakeholder Meetings 11/10/15: "...In particular, some stakeholder groups have expressed concern that construction of an airport fence to control access to the aircraft operations area could adversely affect historic resources and limit public access to areas of historical interest..." KBC TRANSLATION: Japanese do not want the Tulelake airport to have a safety fence to keep animals or anything unsafe off the airstrip because they were relocated to this area during WWII after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Later the Japanese Americans relocated here would not pledge allegiance to the USA. See Japanese demand for 1000-acre monument page

Public meeting discussing Japanese Tule Lake Committee lawsuit to shut down Tulelake / Newell airport, by KBC News 2/28/16. "Nearly 60 concerned locals, mostly farmers, ranchers and local businesses, gathered at the Newell airport January 25th at a public meeting discussing the lawsuit by the Japanese to shut down our airport..."

"Three areas make up the Tule Lake Unit. They all play a role in interpreting the history of the incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during WWII. These three areas are: *A portion of the original Tule Lake Segregation Center (37 acres) in Newell, CA
*The Peninsula, also known as Castle Rock (1,293 acres), southeast of Newell, CA on Highway 139
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Camp Tulelake Civilian Conservation Corps Camp on Hill Road east of Tulelake, CA"

The Tulelake/Newell Airport Controversy..Letter from Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors to Modoc County Board of Supervisors, posted to KBC 2/28/16.  "The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors is writing to express it's appreciation and support for Modoc County in its ongoing role in the operation of the Tulelake Municipal Airport in Newell. In particular, we understand the necessity of keeping the airport open and secure by installing necessary perimeter fencing..."

Japanese 'Stop the Fence' Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/StopTheFence?fref=ts

Petition for Writ of Mandamus 7/25/14: Tule Lake Committee vs / County of Modoc, County of Modoc Board of Supervisors, City of Tulelake, City Council of the City of Tulelake, Respondents Macy's Flying Service and Nick Macy. "The Tule Lake Committee brings this mandamus action to protect historic integrity and access to the Tule Lake Segregation Center, a National Historic Monument...The city and county now propose to construct various airport improvements which the Tule Lake committee contends will adversely impact the historic integrity of the site..."

A 2003 article and photos about the manager of the Tulelake / Newell airport
photo by Pat Ratliff/Klamath Media from Oct 30, 2003
Nick Macy (Tulelake) poses with his fourth AT-6 division national championship trophy, which he won this year in Reno.
  * Note the website on the National Champion's airplane
Soaring above the pack
Nick Macy has taken a childhood passion and turned it into an national championship winning pastime
Herald and News, posted to KBC 10/10/06
 

Calif. U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa proposed HB4387 "This Act may be cited as the “Tule Lake National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2016”, posted to KBC 1/27/16. "When preparing the general management plan, the Secretary shall consult with the City, County, and Airport to ensure that management of the Historic Site does not negatively impact operation of the Airport."

1/19/16 - Japanese suing to shut down the Newell (near Tulelake) airport. KBC responds in the interview for "stakeholders" from the Udall Foundation, Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. Modoc County invited them to bring consensus in the conflict. The Japanese group and wealthy supporters have sued Tulelake, managing the small airport that serves the local family farms, because they don't want a security fence that is mandated by FAA around the airport: “Visitors…. want to summon up the ghosts of the place, to revive long-suppressed memories and to mourn personal and collective loss…” 

Legislation to change Tule Lake status offered (of the WWII Japanese Relocation Camp), posted to KBC 1/7/16

Barbara Boxer bill to establish the Tule Lake National Historic Site in the State of California in Tulelake, 12/17/15

(Japanese) Writ of mandamus against City of Tulelake is unjust, by Rudy Hiley, letter to the editor of Herald and News 1/10/15

PRESS RELEASE - Tulelake Airport Stakeholder Meetings 11/10/15: "...In particular, some stakeholder groups have expressed concern that construction of an airport fence to control access to the aircraft operations area could adversely affect historic resources and limit public access to areas of historical interest..." KBC TRANSLATION: Japanese do not want the Tulelake airport to have a safety fence to keep animals or anything unsafe off the airstrip because they were relocated to this area during WWII after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The Japanese Americans relocated here would not pledge allegiance to the USA. 

Tule Lake Unit part of Park Service grant, H&N, posted to KBC 6/17/15. "National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis Tuesday announced 20 grants totaling more than $2.8 million for the sites."

Pearl Harbor

70th anniversary of Bly (Oregon) bombing recalled. Picnic outing turns deadly when Japanese bomb discovered, followed by Ceremony marks 70th anniversary of WWII deaths, H&N 5/6/15. "The killings were caused by a Japanese balloon bomb. About 9,000 hydrogen-filled balloons carrying 30,000 bombs were launched from Honshu, Japan, during a five-month period that ended in April 1945."

12/7/14 - On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor (article by oathkeepers.org.

Internment camp bill's message: Don't forget, Fresno Bee Sept. 18, 2005: "Tule Lake in 1943 became the site where difficult detainees were sent." (After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and declared war on America, these detainees would not) "sign loyalty oaths.")

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Writ of mandamus against City of Tulelake is unjust, by Rudy Hiley, letter to the editor of Herald and News 1/10/15

(Japanese) Lawsuit aims to halt (Tulelake) airport (safety) fencing. Historical value of site should be considered, group claims, H&N 8/6/14. " Jacques said the planned new fence would replace an existing barbed wire fence. The purpose of the fence, he explained, is to prevent wildlife from going onto the airport runway....Modoc County has offered guided tours, but said those proposals have been rejected... Our goal is not to deny access to anyone, and we’re willing to try to work with them,”

New Tule Lake Unit fence is more than just a fence, H&N 11/23/14. "...the fence being replaced is not part of the Tulelake Airport, where Modoc County wants to build a new fence to prevent wildlife from entering the runways. Japanese American groups have protested that fence, which they say will reduce public access to a portion of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center."

Tulelake Airport lawsuit (by Japanese) handed to Modoc County, H&N 8/22/14. "...Modoc County officials say the fence is not intended to prevent access but is needed to prevent wildlife from being on airport runways."

Opposition: Airport fence desecrates Tule Lake, H&N, 7/28/13. "This isn’t anything that came up recently,” Macy said of the fence proposal, noting that following the 9/11 terrorist attack the FAA stepped up security requirements at all airports. Macy emphasized the fence proposal is not intended to lessen the former detention center’s historic importance or to exclude people from touring the site. “We have never denied access. We’ve always welcomed them to come to the airport,” he said of allowing visits during pilgrimages or other organized outings, although he believes there are legitimate concerns about people and or animals on the airport runway. “We want to keep people safe.”

Tule Lake meetings continue; Public input sought on management of the National Monument Unit, H&N 7/16/13. "Although the Tule Lake Unit’s focus has been on 44 acres that were part of the former detention segregation center near present day Newell, Reynolds notes the unit also includes a 1,293-acre tract of land at The Peninsula/ Castle Rock that is closed to the public, and the 66-acre Camp Tulelake, a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp where Japanese Americans along with Italian and German prisoners of war were held during WWII."..."Another round of California meetings are scheduled Sept. 5 in Los Angeles, Sept. 17 in Sacramento, Sept. 18 in Berkeley, Sept. 19 in San Francisco and Sept. 24 in San Jose."

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