Public Comment Is Critical For Tule Lake General Management Plan

The following is an announcement from the National Park Service.

Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that the National Park Service offers to you for review and comment the General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (GMP/EA) for the Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The plan provides long-term guidance for how the National Park Service will develop and manage the unit, and how the stories of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II will be told at Tule Lake.

The National Park Service will hold 13 public workshops at locations in California, Oregon, Washington, New York, and online (information provided below). This is an opportunity to talk with National Park Service staff working on the Tule Lake Unit and discuss the plan. These meetings represent the “public review” stage for the plan. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.

Your involvement in the planning process has been critical to the creation of this general management plan. In developing the plan we explored a range of ideas, methods, and concepts for managing the Tule Lake Unit. Feedback received through written comments and dozens of public meetings has helped to guide the process, and you will find that many of the ideas that you contributed are represented in the management alternatives and in the National Park Service’s preferred alternative.

The newsletter below contains the executive summary of the complete document and information about how you can comment on the GMP and share your thoughts with us. The full GMP/EA document is available at http// or by request.

The GMP/EA is available for public review with comments due to us by February 10, 2017. You may share your comments by mail, e-mail, online at, or at one of the upcoming public meetings.

Thank you for your support and interest in the long-term management of this important site. We look forward to hearing from you!

Lawrence J. Whalon, Jr.


Monday, November 28
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tulelake/Newell Family Resource Center
(The Honker)
810 Main Street

Tuesday, November 29
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Klamath County Library
126 S. 3rd Street

Thursday, December 1
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 S. San Pedro Street

Friday, December 2
10:00 AM – noon
CSU Dominguez Hills
University Library
1000 E. Victoria Street

Tuesday, December 6
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Buddhist Church of Sacramento
2401 Riverside Boulevard

Wednesday, December 7
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sierra 2 Center
2791 24th Street

Thursday, December 8
10:00 AM – noon
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
1840 Sutter Street

Thursday, December 8
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Japanese American Museum
535 N. 5th Street

Tuesday, December 13
5:00 PM = 7:00 PM
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington
1414 S. Weller Street

Wednesday, December 14
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
121 NW 2nd Avenue

Thursday, December 15
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Hood River Library
502 State Street

Virtual Meeting*
Tuesday, January 10
10:00 AM – noon (PST)

Virtual Meeting*
Wednesday, January 18
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (EST) / 3-5 pm (PST)
Japanese American Association of New York
49 W. 45th Street, 11th Floor

*Virtual meeting web access information will be posted on the Tule Lake Unit web site at, Facebook page at, and widely announced.

For more information, contact the National Park Service via e-mail at, by phone at (530) 667-8113, or via U.S. Mail at P.O. Box 1240, Tulelake, California, 96134-1240. You can also check their web site: http//


3 Responses to Public Comment Is Critical For Tule Lake General Management Plan

  1. Not a square inch of land must be lost from ANY former camp site nor any existing artifacts. This dark stain on the American record of fair play must be broadcast, not forgotten

  2. asiansart says:

    As per the title of the article, public comment is crucial. As the “Segregation Center” for “disloyal” Japanese Americans, Tule Lake has a particular importance among the ten WRA as a site of resistance to racial injustice on a massive scale. As such, this concentration camp was heavily militarized in a way that represented anything but “valor” toward American civilians incarcerated en masse based solely on a rationale of racial hatred and paranoia (that was not unlike what has emerged in this post-election Trumpian moment). My grandmother was afraid of her children, my father included, getting run over by the army tanks that would roll through the rows of barracks. How can our government monumentalize a horrific act of racial hatred as “valor in the Pacific”? To name a monument to racism with a hypernationalist theme that literally celebrates U.S. militarism, and imperialismm constitutes not only a disavowal but a perversion of history. From the standpoint of assimilationist racial politics and internalized whiteness/anti-blackness, it does not get any more “Model Minority” than to name a site of resistance to racial oppression in celebration of the very military who imposed that oppression.

    • Gann Matsuda says:

      The site has its current name because it is part of a larger National Historic Monument that spans separate land areas across more than one state, each of which is related to the war in the Pacific Theatre. Nothing more.

      The plan is to seek separate status as a National Historic Site, at which time, the name would change accordingly.

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