Due to COVID 19 pandemic, many important programs and pilgrimages have been wisely postponed or canceled to protect our community members. We will resume our call for action when it is safe.

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.

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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

The Grateful Crane Ensemble narrated family letters written during March 1942 when father was arrested by the FBI and sent to Tuna Canyon. Mother Chica had to pay all debts, collect funds, and close the optometrist business that her husband, Kenzo, left behind.The family had to report to Parker, Arizona or Poston Concentration Camp 1 along the Colorado River.

Current Events and Latest News

In Memoriam: Irene Yasutake Hirano Inouye Posted Apr 17, 2020

The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition sends our deepest condolences to the family of Irene Hirano Inouye. Our historical partnership has brought the Issei story

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In Memoriam: Cedrick Shimo Posted Apr 08, 2020

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Cedrick Shimo whose father was held at Tuna Canyon. He revealed the story during his Legacy

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Legacy Project 1 Posted Oct 21, 2019

LEGACY PROJECT 1 was funded by the 2017 National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant.  Russell Endo, the primary researcher for the TCDS Coalition, obtains

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