Mission Statement To preserve stories of the Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants, and Japanese taken from Peru, and others, at the Tuna Canyon Detention Station which was operated by the Department of Justice during World War II in the City of Los Angeles.

Letter to the Honorable Monica Rodriguez

Click the button below to read a letter of support written to the Honorable Monica Rodriguez

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David Scott

Grandson of Officer in Charge Merrill H. Scott, David Scott, entrusted Tuna Canyon Detention Station with his family heirloom. The box is handmade by the detainees that held a beautiful vase. It is inscribed with Tuna Canyon 1942.
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Chica Sugino Papers

Kenzo Sugino made this rare artifact while he was at Tuna Canyon Detention Station. He translated for the government for five months before he was moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. His wife, Chica, was an educated samurai daughter whose writings are exquisite. The family was incarcerated in Poston, Arizona.
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Recent Updates

The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition (TCDSC) biographies were written by the board, community and family members. We have gained a greater insight to their personal experiences. Sigrid Toye said, “I am now finally able to share my feelings with the universe.”

The mission of the TCDSC is to tell the stories of the Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and others taken from Latin America. We will continue to search for such stores so please contact us so it is preserved for future generations and researchers.

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Featured Story

In 2016, Dr. Duncan Williams translated thirteen days of Daisho Tana’s Diary when he was held at Tujunga that provides the first look inside the Detention Station.
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Current Events

Day of Remembrance Resolution Posted Jan 27, 2019

December 16, 1941 Proclamations 2525, 2526, and 2527 authorized the arrest of Japanese, German, and Italian aliens during World War ll. Thank you, Councilwoman Monica

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Celebrating Dr. William Lloyd Hitt Posted Dec 23, 2018

Board members and friends gathered at the Smoke House in Burbank on December 6, 2018, to honor retiring chairman of the board, Dr. Lloyd Hitt.

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Los Angeles City Councilmembers introduce new resolution Posted Nov 19, 2018

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Monica Rodriguez and David Ryu introduced this resolution today. Tuna Canyon Detention Station opened on December 16, 1941-1943. R E S

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