Tule Lake Committee Seeks Public’s Help in Saving Portion of Tule Lake Site

September 21, 2017 • National, News

Tule Lake Committee is asking for the public’s help to save the historic Tule Lake concentration camp and segregation center site from destruction. The Tule Lake concentration camp is located in Modoc County in Northern California and is recognized as the infamous segregation center where Japanese Americans who protested the mass incarceration during World War II were punished for speaking out.

Modoc County recently sent out notices requesting public “comment” on the airport fence it sought to construct over the past decade to close off the airport that occupies two-thirds of the concentration camp site.

In July 2014, the Tule Lake Committee filed a lawsuit seeking Modoc County’s compliance with environmental laws, and for the past three years, has been engaged in discussions about the airport with Modoc County, including settling the lawsuit.

However, Modoc County has recently issued Notices of Public Scoping and requests for comment, indicating its plans to build the fence.

The Tule Lake Committee is asking for the public’s assistance in responding to the county’s request for comments, either via letter or email. “Tulelake Airport Perimeter Fence Project” should be listed in the subject line, in addition to one’s name and physical address. Submissions should be sent to Mitch Crosby, Modoc County Road Commissioner, 202 W. Fourth St., Alturas, CA 96101 or email mitchcrosby@co.modoc.ca.us.

The deadline for public comments is Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. The public notices are posted at www.co.modoc.ca.us/departments/airports.

To see comments regarding the Stop the Fence issue, visit www.change.org/tulelake.

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