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Tule Lake Unit part of Park Service grant
by LEE JUILLERAT, Herald and News 7/17/15
   The Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is part of a program that will receive a National Park Service grant to preserve and interpret World War II Japanese American confinement sites.

   National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis Tuesday announced 20 grants totaling more than $2.8 million for the sites. More than 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, were imprisoned by the U.S. government following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. The Tule Lake Unit recognizes Tule Lake Detention Center, later a Segregation Center, the nation’s largest and most controversial.

   Among the grants Jarvis announced was $296,347 to the Regents of the University of California, Berkeley Sponsored Projects Office for “Japanese American Internment Camps: A Digital Archive.” Along with the Tule Lake Unit, sites include the Colorado River Relocation Center in Las Pas County, Ariz.; Gil River Relocation Center in Pinal County, Ariz.; and the Manzanar Relocation Center in Inyo County, Calif.

   “As stewards of our nation’s history, the National Park Service recognizes the importance of preserving these confinement sites,” Jarvis said. “They are poignant reminders — today and for future generations — that we must be always vigilant in upholding civil liberties for all. These grants help us share valuable lessons on the fragility of our constitutional rights and ensure the experiences of those who were incarcerated are not forgotten.”  

   Other projects

   The grants will be used for a variety of projects, including a traveling exhibition to tell the lesser known story of the former Tuna Canyon Detention Station in California; the stabilization of a root cellar the incarcerated used to store fruit and vegetables they raised at Heart Mountain, Wyo.; and the creation of an online archive that will include more than 1,300 digitally scanned documents and photographs related to the former Rohwer incarceration site in Arkansas.

   The grant amounts range from $16,000 to the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, to research and document a 70-year-old mural painted by an internee at the Seagoville Internment Camp (INS Detention Station) in Dallas County, Texas, to $400,000 for New York’s public media station WNET to create “Prisoner in My Homeland,” a series of free online educational video games to engage middle school-age students with the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II.

   Grants from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program will go to 10 War Relocation Authority centers established in 1942 or to more than 40 other confinement sites. Successful proposals are chosen through a competitive process that requires applicants to match the grant award with $1 in non-federal funds or “in-kind” contributions for every $2 they receive in federal money.

   For details about the selected projects visit: nps.gov/JACS.



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