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A tnascrtbed Interview with
WHA director DfllonMyer win' be
brocdCMt "tonight at 8:30' pm.
orer'station KTFX, Twin Falls: Dir
ector Myer will relate the efforts
being made in the relocation pro

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Procedure Simplified for
Employment of Aliens
In Gov't.- Contracted Jobs
War, Navy, Justice
Departments Urge
TJse of Loyal Aliens
WASHINGTON, June 7 Urging
full use of all loyal aliens, the War,
Navy and Justice Departments, and
the Maritime Commission today
jointly announced shortening and
simplification of the procedure
whereby holders of government air
plane aridT"""classified" contracts
may obtain permission for. hiring
aliens within .two weeks or less.
A statement signed by Secretary
of War Stimson, Attorney General
Biddle, Secretary of Navy Knox,
and Maritime Chairman Land also
emphasized that government con
tractors may employ aliens as free
ly as citizens on all other types of
work, and in fact, such contractors
are forbidden by executive order
8802 from discriminating in hiring
because of a worker's race or na
tional origin.
.TVEvwf oil 'aeronautical and dasa
jfied contract, if a qualified appllo
am. wnese services the contractor
seeds In" nfiiaMnff irrin-ii Irtynlty to
the United States the contractor
bag no reason 'to doubt, the con-
tractor is obliged to cooperate, with
the applicant in applying for con
sent to his employment," the state
ment said. It went on to say that
failure to employ such an alien
is a breach of the contract anti
discrimination clause and contrary
to national -policy:
The shortened procedure where
by a contractor on aeronautical or
classified as secret, confidential or
restricted government contracts
can obtain consent to employ aliens
is outlined in 'full hi the statement,
which supercedes previous regula
tions on the" same subject. Either
the employer or the alien may ask
for reconsideration if consent is
denied ,and in case of final denial,
the alien should be directed to the
U. S. Employment; Service for re
ferral to other work.
Furthermore, the statement em
phasizes that an employer is not
subject to penalty resulting from
loss or damage if he has obtained,
in good faith, the permission of the
government department involved
before permitting an alien to have
access to work, plan or trial under
aeronautical or classified contracts;
Major points of the alien em
Continued on Page 2)
WASHINGTON Director Dill
on, Myer announced that effective
June 1, 1943, unemployment com
pensation will be paid only to
those center residents actively as
signed to project work who are
unable to report because of illness.
This limitation is" contained in a
new Administration Instruction
which revises ,the entire unem
ployment, compensation policy.
Myer said that the change in
compensation policy was decided
upon at a meeting of' WRA pro
ject directors .in 'Washington.
He explained, "With, the increas
ing outside 'employment opportu
Policy Outlined, by
Roosevelt Applied
The statement revealed this week
setting forth the simplified pro
cedure for employment of, loyal
aliens by government contractors
and sub-contractors is an applica
tion of executive order No. 8802,
dated June 25, 1941, an anti-dis-crlmination
clause sometime call
ed "non-discrimination" clause.
This clause, which requires the
granting of full employment oppor
tunities to all loyal and qualified
workers regardless of race, creed,
color, or national origin, has been
included in all War and Navy De
partment and Maritime" Commis
sion contracts entered into since
June 25,, 1942.
The applicable national policy
wa3 clearly stated by President
Roosevelt in his statement of. July
11, 1942, when he said:
"Persons should not hereafter
be refused employment, or per
sons at present employed dis
charged,' 8oIelyf-n-tSe basis of
the fact that they "are aliens or
that' they were formerly nation
als of any 'particular foreign
country. A general condemna
tion of any group or class of per
sons is unfair and dangerous to
the war effort. The Federal
Government Is taking the neces
sary steps to guard against, and
punish any subversive acts by
disloyal persons, citizens as well
as aliens."
Sixteen Japanese American stu
dents evacuated from the West
Coast defense area will receive di
plomas from three, Seattle .high
schools ,it was stated last Tuesday
by Samuel Fleming, Assistant
Sup'L of Schools. Broadway will
issue ten, Garfield five, and Frank
lin one.
All 16 students had a semester
or less to complete 'in the Seattle
schools when they were transferred
to the school at Hunt, Fleming
stated. They will receive their
Seattle high school diplomas
through, the project school.
"It is customary for a school to
issue diplomas only to students
who have attended for at least a
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nities becoming available for eva
cuees and the mounting need for
full labor utilization in our nation
al war economy, it was felt tnat
there is no longer any justification
for paying unemployment benefits
on any large scale. Any person
who is unable to find work within
the center is urged to- discuss his
situation with a member of the
Employment Division staff. In all
likelihood, a suitable job can be
found for him."
The new Instruction, provides
that hereafter there will be no
waiting period between expiration
of allowable sick leave and com
Preamble to the Charter
We, the people, residents of the Minidoka War Relocation
Center, in order to uphold and defend the Constitution of the
United States of America, to effectively contribute to the national
policies, to preserve and maintain the democratic principles of
life, to promote the general welfare, to Insure harmony and
tranquility, to provide for internal peace and order, to create for
ourselves a unified community to better enable us to act ef
fectually In all matters and to give serious purpose to our con
duct and activities, do hereby, in accordance with the proclama
tion xf the project director, ordain and establish this Charter
for Community Advisory Council for the Minidoka War Relo
cation Center.
Diet of Evacuees Depends
On Center's Farm Outputs
WRA projectdtrectorsmeeting in
Washington test-week, were told
bluntly that, ine met oi evacuees
thi3 year" will depend largely on
the success of the agricultural pro
gram at tne relocation cenujra.
"We must face the facts In the
situation," Ervin J, Utz, Chief of
the Agricultural Division, told the
gathering. "I do not think I am
being an alarmist in saying that
the nation is faclng'one of the most
critical shortage in certain foods
in its entire history. WRA is go
ing to experience increasing dif
ficulty in buying certain types of
XTnranmr nilMfo onblion lust
will not allow any group such as
tne center resiaems, wiui attua
to plenty of land and other facili-
Japanese Section
Printing Approved
At a meeting held last Wed
nesday afternoon the Co-op
Board of Directors voted unani
mously the approval ol the print
ing of the Japanese section of
For the time being both the
English and Japanese Issues will
be issued to each apartment free
of charge, it was also added.
mencement of compensation. Upon
certification of the Employment
"Division, unemployment compen
sation will be paid from the date
the applicant becomes eligible.
There is no change in the rate
of compensation. Persons certified
as eligible will continue to be paid
60 per cent of their regular wage;
that is, $7.20, $9.60 or 511.40 a
The maximum period for which
compensation will be paid is 90'
'days. Eligibility must be 'reestab
lished every 30 days during this
period through a physician's certificate.
ties for home production, to fur-
I ther burden the already critically
snort commercial rood markets.
The civilian population is fully con
scious oi uie crucial iooa condi
tion, and" public-spirited citizens
-and .organizations everywhere are
working day and night to produce
as muchpf their own food stuff
as possible.
"The Department of Agriculture
says that unprecedented numbers
of women are helping in the fields
atnd that, in many cases, various
members of farm families from
grandfathers to school girls are
taking turns to keep the tractors
rolling. Unless center residents
produce at least as much food as Is
called for in the 1943 agricultural
program, the quality and quantity
of food on the dining hall tables is
quite 'definitely going to decline."
Utz mentioned several reasons
for his prediction of a decreased
civilian food supply this year. He
said that an 11 million man army,
together with probable increased
military activity in Europe, is ex
pected to drain off large stocks
which last year went into civilian
channels. As additional areas are
occupied by our invading armies,
the United States will have to feed
numbers of starving peoples.
.Bumper crops for the last three
years have made possible the plen
tiful supply of food for United
States civilians up to now, accord
ing to Utz. But recent crop pro
duction, reports of the Department
of Agriculture indicate that this
situation will probably not prevail
in the 1943 crop year. Crop pros
pects already have been lowered
as a result of bad weather condit
ions throughout the United States
during the early spring. A drought
in the Southwest, frosts in Florida
and unseasonably cold weather in
the Northeast have affected early
vegetable crops, and the recent
floods in the midwestem feed
crop states are expected to have
severe impacts on corn-hog yields.
Labor shortages in the Pacific
Coast and other areas and over
crowded transportation facilities
throughout the country are addit
ional factors.
f Wit ore Afnct ha IS
Or Older; Polls Open
From Noon to 7 P. M.
Ratification or rejection of the
Charter for Community Advisory
Council will be laid squarely in the
laps of Hunt residents who will be
called upon to cast their votes in
an election to be held on Tuesday,
June 15, in each dining hall of the
center. The election will be deter
mined by a majority of the votes
All residents of the Minidoka
center who are 18 years of age or
over are eligible to vote. Polls will
be open from 12 noon to 7 p. m.
on election day.
The voting, which will be by se
cret ballot, will be under the su
pervision and control of the Organ
ization Commission, members of
which are Roy Akiyama. Francis
K. Chujo, Yoshito Fujii, Dick
Kanaya and Junjiro Yukawa.
According to election rules re
vealed by Yoshio Urakawa, chair
man of the special election commit
tee, block representatives, hereto
fore elected, shall serve as elec
tion clerks in their respective
blocks with authority to appoint
substitutes or assistants.
The block representatives will be
given a list of eligible voters in
their respective blocks by the spe
cial election committee and they,
in turn, shall distribute election
ballots to such eligible voters who
will register at that time.
The block representatives will be
in attendance at the poll during the
election hours and check off the
names of the eligible voters indiv
idually as they cast their ballots in
the ballot box which will be pro
vided from noon, to 7 p. m.
As soon as the poll closes, the
block representatives will take
their ballot boxe3 to D. H. 21 where
the votes will be tabulated.
The election committee stressed
that no absentee or proxy vote will
be allowed, and where the inten
tion of the voters is not plainly
ascertainable, such ballots will be
declared void.
In the event the charter Is rati
fied, steps will Immediately be tak
en to hold an election to pick the
members of the Community Ad
visory Council.
Stafford Returns
From Washington
Project Director H. L. Staf
ford returned this week from
a ten-day conference of all
project directors and field di
rectors in Washington, D. C.
He said that the meeting
was devoted to discussion of
policy matters, budgetary
matters, food production and
other matters relative to the
operations of the relocation

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The Minidoka irrigator (Hunt, Idaho), June 12, 1943
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Place of Publication
Hunt, Idaho
Created / Published
Hunt, Idaho, June 12, 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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