Rep. LaMalfa Introduces Legislation to Recognize Tule Lake Internment Site
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to designate a Historic Site on the grounds that were formerly internment camps during World War II for nearly 30,000 Americans of Japanese descent. In addition to designating the location a Historic Site, the bill requires the National Park Service to consult with Modoc County, the City of Tulelake, and the adjacent Tulelake Airport when planning management of the Historic Site. Following the introduction of H.R. 4387, the Tule Lake National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2016, Rep. LaMalfa released the following statement:
“Establishing a Historical Site for the internment camps that were once used to intern thousands of Japanese-Americans recognizes and respects those who suffered shameful violations of their most basic civil rights,” said LaMalfa. “This measure also engages Modoc County, the City of Tulelake and the Tulelake Municipal Airport in the management process, giving those who live and work near the historic site a voice in its management.”
While the land to be designated is currently a part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, the Historic Site designation will allow the location to be managed independently of the Monument. LaMalfa added that the location’s inclusion in the Monument, which consists primarily of World War II battlefields, did not properly reflect the events that occurred there.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.