History & Culture
Photo by Robert Ross
The Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument will bring increased understanding of the high price paid by some Americans on the home front. The Tule Lake Segregation Center National Historic Landmark and nearby Camp Tulelake in California were both used to incarcerate Japanese Americans forcibly removed from the west coast of the United States.
They encompass the original segregation center's stockade, the War Relocation Authority Motor Pool, the Post Engineer's Yard and Motor Pool, a small part of the Military Police Compound, several historic structures used to imprison Japanese Americans and to intern German and Italian prisoners of war at Camp Tulelake, and the sprawling landscape that forms the historic setting.
Learn more about the Japanese Internment experience from these organizations:
National Historic Sites
National Japanese American Historical Society>
Japanese American National Museum>
Tule Lake Committee>
Library of Congress>
The National Archives>
Did You Know?
When the Spanish colonized Mexico and Central America, they borrowed from the native inhabitants the Nahuatl word tollin for a bulrush. The English-speaking settlers of the West in turn borrowed the Spanish word tule to refer to certain varieties of bulrushes native to California.