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WRA Offers Helping Hand to Dismissed NY A Students
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VOLUME m, NO. 15
In Mid-West
Cities Offered
Dies' Charges Lead
To Discontinuance
Of Training' Program
WRA. Director- D. 8. Myer ex
plained Thursday that the NYA
thought It best to discontinue the
vocational training of American
-citizens of Japanese ancestry be
canse of the publicity given to
charges made by Dies committee
Robert E. Stripling, chief Dies
investigator, charged last week
that tthmaands of nisei being re
leased,. from WRA centers are
afaa espionage school
m -a3r epwraiwi sj-iae lmper-
i sestety.
y tipflay'dn'to help out several
core Hunt youths, who had been
dismissed from NYA schools in
Idaho, Utah and Colorado early
this week without any reason of-
lerea ror their dismissals, the WRA
yesterday offered these youths the
opportunity of Jobs In Cleveland
and Chicago.
H. Rex Lee, relocation super
visor in salt Lake City, who was
designated by National WRA Di
rector Dillon S. Myer to aid the
dismissed students, informed Place
ment Officer Joseph G. Beeson in
a phone call Thursday that the
WRA would provide these students
transportation and full subsistence
"till they are placed in an earning
capacity" in taeveiana ana cm
Machinists would be placed in
Cleveland, welders In Chicago, auto
mechanics in either city, and power
sewing macmne operators in Den-
ver, Lee said. In addition priority
on Jobs in the Inter-mountain dis
trict for those not wishing to go
to Mid-West cities was promised
the former NYA students.
Inasmuch as Lee had asked for
the number who would be interest
ed in accepting the proposition,
Beeson yesterday rounded up those
dismissed students who had re
turned to the project to explain
the WRA stand.
NYA students from this center
who had been studying in Poca
tello, Weiser and Boise, Idaho;
Denver, Colorado; and Provo and
Salt Lake City, Utah were noti
fied on Monday that they were to
be dismissed. Off eredj transporta
tion back, most of them returned
to this center the 'following day.
A few, it was reported, stayed back
to accept Jobs which were open.
Meanwhile, Leaves Supervisor
Victor McLaughlin announced that
eight boys left the project Monday
for NYA training in St Paul a few
hours prior to receipt of a notice
asking him to withdraw sending
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TWIN FALLS A resolution
protesting against public use pf
the languages of countries with
which the United States is at war
was passed by the Twin Falls Kl
wanis Club at its meeting on
Thursday, May 28, "at Campbell's
Cafe. v
The Klwania Club emphatically
condemned public speaking of such
alien languages as tending "to cre
ate suspicion and distrust." The
resolution was drawn up by the
public affairs committee consisting
of O. P. Duvall, District Judge J.
Kanaya Tells
Of Charter
Both English and Japanese ver
sions of the Minidoka charter for
self -eovernsaeat will be.Bresented
perusal "and study before -It will
0$9tarae Dtsa-:nWsyy
spokesman for the "Organisation
Commission, stated today.
The Japanese translation of the
charter, which was rendered by
Junjiro Yukawa, will be put up in
the various dining halls shortly.
Plans for presenting the charter
for the residents' approval or re
jection are now being worked out
by an election committee headed
by Yoshio Urakawa and including
Jekichi Yoshida, Joe Kimura, John
Hayatsu, Ikutaro Masumoto, Soda
hiko Ikoma, Sam Taniguchi, Shi
geru Osawa, Terukichl Yoneyama
and T. K. TakeuchL
Volunteers Still
Waiting to Leave
Victor McLaughlin, leaves super
visor, stated today that plans for
sending out a group of volunteers
for induction at Ft. Douglas had
had to be abandoned this week in
as much as only 19 names had been
turned in from the Jerome selective
service board. At least 30 are
needed before a bus can be charter
ed, he said.
6 Nisei Soldiers'
Visit in Seattle
Minus 'Incidents1
The Seattle Daily Times, In a
front page article on May 27, com
mented on the visit of six Japanese
American privates in the U. S.
Army, four of them former Seattle
residents, as follows
"Despite fears which have been
expressed by some authorities that
permitting Japanese to visit" the
West Coast might result in racial
demonstrations or violence, no such
demonstrations occurred.
"The Japanese American soldiers
ate in Seattle restaurants, and no
reports were received of any unto
ward incidents. Their own con
duct while here apparently was
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W. Porter and Frank L. Stephan.
As approved by the club the re
solution read:
"Whereas, the English speaking
language has been the mother,
tongue of our people since the
landing of the Pilgrim fathers and
the founding of our first colonies;
the bill of rights, the constitution
and all the laws and proclamations
of our great country, both federal
and state, are"siroply, clearly and
plainly written in that tongue, and
"Whereas, it is open and common-
knowledge that some of our
adopted citizens and others are
Gen. Emmons May
Succeed DeWitt
As W. Coast Head
tenant General Deles Em-
general .Total,. DeWitt as
the cntwnvuidiag' general of
the Foarth Army and West
ern Defense Command, ac
cording to an "understand
ing" which Representative
Richard J. Welch (R), Cali
fornia, disclosed.
Judge Long
Advises Nisei
In reply to an invitation ex
tended by Project Director- H; L.
Stafford on' behalf of the resi
dents to visit Hunt, Judge William
G. Long of the superior court at
Seattle wrote:
"I wish that yon would ex
tend to those who remember me
my sincere ?pe that by their
loyal conduct during these hours
of trial they prove conclusively
to the nation that they are In
fact the loyal citizens we have
believed them to be throughout
their residence in this commaa
lty. If they win do that It
seems to me that this will be
their greatest contribution to the
winning of the war."
Judge Long regretted that it
would be Impossible for him to
visit the center at this time.
This Will Introduce
Further proof that individual posts of the American Legion do not
agree with the national commander's policy and the attitude of Cali
fornia posts was contained in a letter received by Mike Hagiwara, a
volunteer, from his brother Staff Sergeant Pat Hagiwara, Fort
Sheridan, HI.
From his homo town Pat received a card reading:
This will introduce Patrick X. Hagiwara It win be ap
preciated if you win extend to him every courtesy and privi
lege possible.
(Signed) D. S. Bows, Adjutant
C, L KassJltos Coniwiundsr.
publicly usinr their racial tongue
on our streets and In our places of
"Therefore, be it resolved that
we go on record as strongly con
demning the use of any foreign
language by those people that we
are now engaged at war with; and
that we recommend that ways and
means be devised to inform them
In no uncertain terms that the
spoken foreign words of our ene
mies grate upon our senses, and
only enures to their detriment and
tends to create suspicion and dis
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On Transfers
Any center resident who wishes
to move to another project in or
der to be married or for other per-
oresnaruy wiu nave
forbear the seats at travel him
self, according- to a new ruling re
ceived at the Minidoka Center tils
Administration sources pointed
out that this does not in any way
change existing regulations but
simply clarifies a point on which
there has been some question. It
covers only those cases where the
transfer request is Initiated by the
The Project Director will con
tinue to authorize payment of tra
vel expenses in cases where the
transfer has been recommended by
the Welfare Section.- A transfer
at government cost ordinarily will
be recommended to unite members
of an Immediate family who were
separated during evacuation or to
unite members of a broader family
group who were socially or eco
nomically dependent upon each
other at the time of evacuation.
Wherever WRA initiates a re
quest for transfer, as in the case of
professional persons whose services
are needed at another center, the
government will pay for the move.
While WRA in general discour
ages transfers between centers be
cause of wartime civilian travel
limitations, any evacuee who has
strong personal reasons for moving
to another center Is urged to dis
cuss his situation with a represent
ative of the project Welfare Office.
Meld Men to
Give Reports
On Centers
Probe Shows Laxity
Li Evacuee Releases.
Rep. Thomas Claims
WASHINGTON, May 28. Public
hearings will be started here on
June -7 by the Dies committee on
reports of its field Investigators
that' Japanese 'in relocation camps
are being pampered and that thou
sands are being released without
proper surveillance.
Robert E. Stripling, committee
secretary, said officials of the
WRA, who supervise the ten re
location camps, will be asked to
Investigation of the problems
surrounding the relocation centers
is now being conducted by the
Dies committee on the recommend
ation of Representative J. Paroell
Thomas, Republican, New Jersey.
Rep: Thomas returned recently
from a 6,000-mlle transcontinental
journey during the course of which
he spent' a week inquiring' into the
Japanese situation.
The .congressman reported to
Chairman 'Martin Dies that thou
sands of Japanese are being re
leased from the ten relocation cen
ters and scattered through the
East and Middle West, where some
of them' are employed directly in
war work. AC the same time he
sent a telegram to President Roose
velt urging that no more of these
evacuees be released until the Dies
committee could make a thorough
study of the" whole program.
Rep. Thomas declared that the
government's Japanese relocation
program was the No. 1 farce New Deal projects. Re
leased Japanese, he said, are being
permitted to scatter through an
parts of the country where sur
veillance -vof their activities and
contacts is virtually impossible.
Loyalty of Nisei
Questioned By
Dies1 Investigator
bert E. Stripling, chief of staff for
the Dies house committee on un-
American activities, said today
tnat 40,ooo Japanese are at large
in the United States, the American
loyalty of none of whom is cer
Many of them are on record as
openly disloyal and an unknown
number have been trained in Japan
as saboteurs, Stripling said. Of the
40,000 at larjge, about 23,000 never
were confined, including 15,000 who
were in the East at the "time of
The Dies committee office staff
is now comparing lists of Japanese
released from the ten relocation
centers with the 10,000-name list
of members of the "subversive"
Butokukai, Japanese "youth" so
ciety in. this country.

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The Minidoka irrigator (Hunt, Idaho), June 5, 1943
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Hunt, Idaho
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Hunt, Idaho, June 5, 1943
Subject Headings
-  Minidoka Relocation Center--Newspapers
-  Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Newspapers
-  Hunt (Idaho)--Newspapers
-  Minidoka Relocation Center
-  Evacuation and relocation of Japanese Americans (United States : 1942-1945)
-  Japanese Americans
-  Idaho--Hunt
-  1942-1945
-  United States--Idaho--Jerome--Hunt
Japanese American evacuation and relocation camp newspapers--Idaho--Hunt
-  Weekly, Feb. 27, 1943-July 28, 1945
-  Vol. 1, no. 1 (Sept. 10, 1942)-v. 5, no. 22 (July 28, 1945).
-  Collected in Japanese camp papers.
-  Also issued on microfilm from the Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service.
-  Also available in digital format on the Library of Congress website.
-  In English and Japanese.
-  Published at the Minidoka Relocation Center established by the War Relocation Authority for civilians of Japanese ancestry.
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