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there are eighty eight the pittsburgh of the all of the way that the only landing and this is one of the viewing area that a lot of that one bag in the elements of the last experience more as few other americans and the only campaign of world war two four on american so the battle for the aleutians to extract heavy tools but in the end it would not be invading japanese forces who pose the greatest threat to the alley and survival that would come from the country athletes pledged
allegiance to the united states of america and they've treated us as property people aren't that they were being treated as full citizens our units would be sent to an isolated internment camps there they would find a grievance and strangely enough possibly the story was never told and it was such a big store says it was purposely held secret know we should all of this because i think it's a big black market i know there are some donors here to refuse to utter a word to say no and that's a sense of horror says
we can all get to get her to talk about it like we all got together and went through i think we will be the sooners yesterday one was actually a monthly ancestors of modern galleons migrants from asia so that along the sweeping arc of volcanic islands and the fact that big clare bear
the aleutian chain separates the pacific ocean from the bering sea stretching thirteen hundred miles west was an international lawyer matt cain it's been two hundred miles north of st paul vincent georgia home of the world's largest population mostly written histories say palin's first came to the times the slaves abortion three trains are coming to tell the story differently
there was a man who lives in a village on the aleutian chain and he was out traveling the single kayak was washed away in the storm and he lived to tell the tale of coming to a land and he told his people that he had been to a place that he calls tunnel money land of mother's brother and that anyone ever goes to a ton of money would always carry along need to return yeah the united states brought
alaska from russia saw eighteen sixty seven the department of interior headquartered more than four thousand miles away in washington dc assumed charge of the audience as it had other native americans and many regards this as a paternalistic set up that other indian groups in the united states experienced but it was unique in that government wanted land from american indians but in the case the triple loss they wanted and needed the alleys labor under the terms of the treaty how you square united states citizens but for decades to come virtually every aspect of life was subjected to federal scrutiny and control we brought alaska right after the end of the civil war and after reading emancipate the slaves while you continue this
system of enslavement in these remote islands in the green berets in nineteenth century america are handmaidens to another they march in lockstep they are married slavery was profitable slavery haven't been profitable slavery would've disappeared and eighteen thirties might even have disappeared in the seventies eighties or the legacy of that last and reconstruction after the civil war on blacks or cheap labor indians indians aren't even matter came into the evolution of life i always hoped for maximum profitability one piece of that formula was to employ the local people on the cheapest possible terms federal officials under pressure to justify the purchase of alaska want to maximize commercials seems a source of revenue at allianz the obvious source of
many in government believed that to profit from one you have the control to subdue a people to render them submissive you degrade them that's part of many colonial system and one of the ways they degraded the al hughes was by segregating them and humiliating them the agents for example issued orders what time they were to go to bed they controlled the choice of marriage partners there was a recreation hall but only the whites were allowed to use it they were treated like dogs and though there were some protests nobody heard them in those years well into the twentieth century
are those races introduced four times a year that brings the males that was very disheartening i start school when i was seven years old and the one thing that i really learned an enormous was pledged allegiance to the flag of america one day and told my dad but i learned it's cold and he was so proud of his record in states like you learned so from then on i used to be proud to be an american
and not just now we celebrate fourth of july recess the release sunday christmas and clank clank in this go around town have picnics in lemonade we did know the outside light too much the fish some were like the one that romney added and there was an agent and he has an assistant i think there are five seven you're a place where they had all the power that could or couldn't i couldn't go over there if you do hear a different
as we're going by a local bully they're wonderful together and he was a baseball player so tasted look forward to that sunday afternoon baseball game it to happen one sunday afternoon it was one thing with my children and my husband was playing ball then he came running in and said no they started the ball game it is the evacuation of nearby st george island began that seems so in june nineteen forty two and that we would just got home from church and a priest for his famous father and my father was a reader in the church so we know a pitcher can gain momentum up biscuits and coffins
and somebody came to our door and said we have to get ready because we will be taken off the island very soon that's been brought in from the navy to prepare for immediate evacuation dire that in mind the tnt extension tales of gasoline stations chose to facilitate destruction is unfolding on our backs and that was a way to get on the ship a total of nineteen fish and wildlife service employees and four hundred seventy eight animals or hurt the border us on the transport nobody not even the federal officials in charge noon where they were ordered to follow it being exposed
the evacuations have begun suddenly without warning was a us army intelligence and repeatedly warned japanese imperial forces were preparing to invade the lives of america's northern frontier people trained i can on abortion what was once the world was in the alaskan defense can be created under the control of general simon boulevard by more than five thousand soldiers in order
to get worse in the heavily fortified close to dutch harbor near the aleutian believed your own the last decade there were dugouts foxholes being dug everywhere sirens are designated areas and everyone had a designated area and ours are a family have to be down by the town creek in a large die down the side of the riverbank i remember my mother always thought holy water an unholy brad with us then as i guess each time you never know if it was a real thing i remember one particular morning it was a bright sunny day i woke up and looked out the big entrance way armed and across the creek all the military man all of a sudden they were there it seemed
to me like overnight when pearl harbor was bombed in december nineteen forty one year ordered the evacuation of all white show from an alaska even the prostitutes were told to go how in the native takeover of broccoli for storage but with a regional agreement on whether to remove the allianz american citizens or from harm's way these decisions must be made by military authorities sell us would be safer place to fall on other islands like us authority to but through it all made in several territorial officials seemed incapable of reaching their argument countered by proponents of prejudice and political jealousies major makes a nomination soldiers another worker safety but of course they have a lot of tendencies and forget some of our alaskan serial like to clean out the entire now in my mind we were just a nuisance appears first to come and was concerned
as a state around the world the eyes were fighting infectious but it still plays rates above individual rights the treatment the catalyst that gray never think anybody else would shortly after midnight on june second through air raid sirens champions japanese aircraft carriers and bombers have been sent to us forces in two thousand one of the seminal moments of tasks that chapter said many people scared this
is business of emotion full scale fifteen second only to eugene levy and the incumbent unopposed japanese troops seized the audience of just eight hundred and fifty miles west of the top bond just the ten us whether crew catch on radio operator was killed and forty two alex and tension increases that you have to vote on the coast guard the japanese will be a michael vick they don't listen to who to call for died japanese appeal beyond uganda nineteen forty five and sixteen other two is perched along with
incredible diversity forces tracked to officials continued bickering over whether to finally may be transferred command decision was an unhappy story of the government's bungling some and i think they were trying to they're trying to do the right thing but they didn't have the wherewithal to do it very well tell the case that they'd damage the miserable an idiot had terrible terrible costs for me to kind of hear my father couldn't go because he's white for now you said you're married with caucasians
but officials adopted a blood clot anyone ahwahnee for more native blood was compelled to ship out of the farmers from manchester england and he was in the navy and he got stationed up in alaska and he was stationed in saint paul that's raymond my mother and they got married and they've moved alaska we had a big family and willie said people extra people for dinner people visiting us realize how small our family was never again together never again and we left here when we have near that we do from here we never were never forgot to get married so
i think that the contacts that explains how you'd episode after the invasion of the japanese bombing of dutch harbor i think what explains all that is racism it's a blatant racism by blatantly mean it's racism but no one feels they need apologize for and that reflects where america culture wars of the nineteen forties and still into the nineteen fifties like americans of japanese descent athletes would find themselves shunted into government camps suspected of nothing accused of nothing tell you it's never imagined they too would be segregated isolated an american who lives dark day advance mired in the coastal lot of southeast alaska's gets into the rain forests while the problem we're really respected as individuals and
what this country stands for a much is personal feelings of big government on the citizens can do that was one of things that they're had gotten off the rails of them are very profound important way during the second world war and given the terrible conditions in which they were places that puts a heavier weight on other government government to everybody on board from alaska was at the railing you know this thing divide a home in helping to be dancing and the father had come out and my mother told me after the ray mine so i can say goodbye and i was dressed in my sundays will call her now for going to sunday school insinuated or sunday school piano and make it appear by sunday school and now we have a preview of our house and my dad was out there jumping
up and down and doing this and we could see it still seems quite sleeves after leaving the privilege adele are all picked up each read more about us from the village of the aleutian islands a boat was really current storyline takes about an hour to decree you're going to keep going through since it can transport ship had a capacity of three hundred seventy six passengers now the ship's company number five hundred seventy men women and children illness brick records but the government doctor on board refused to enter the world to sing in it and then down the sleepy was having bp wanted the doctor and first note she trusts
romney's husband asked her honesty he could check on the ap need to repeat get reported the priest was some parent is told me later on director of campus listeners were o'clock in the morning my mom asked francis a first trees we've never seen trees before only gets so excited for these
theatrics this crisis unlike the treeless windswept but as the dealer off what in modern day on june twenty four nineteen forty two the islands look with relief on the densely forested landscape of southeast alaska these are the people being taken of them in a way i was happy because you know it mean i do when we got to ford or via remote rivers tree hill i do know that they detected for medicaid though he did an editor <unk> are most often the abortion first got to first and so to fraud by government pardoned for fraud he
never knew that more so than we got i got the nineteen ninety one long live our modern or do is you you know shortly after we arrived in concord about it more often than we start unloading the airship there we were all in order to calm the camry side they'll carry that have not been operating for several years the facilities were really a deplorable hidden by the call for a green spruce was a terrible reality the deadly conditions on the ship were more than matched by the conditions on shore if you think any of this is fun and you should be here the water system cannot under any condition when it usable for winter the opel brand these empty into the water at high tide in the sewage to wash his bag of the binge that children track around our house was gone for a ride
all abandoned fish cannery in a crumbling gold mine offered the only shelter there were no toilets no wash rooms partitions between the rooms that we were put in for privacy say they put up some blankets became one family and another where a lot of those young people to care about a dozen of us ended up in the attic of our warehouse and we remember were with how we slept up that it's probably on the floor somewhere and that night i saw the older women crying in my hideaway and cry and it just does feel hurt little babies you know they were crying babies here he asked
barely sustaining the will to survive there losing a mother is as a dramatic time in his more dramatic i think if you are constrained surroundings are some years later i became the head of the agency that was responsible or for our leaders during that evacuation perry i used to reflect only a charge of my predecessors during during the war years and i was not faced with that magnitude pardons that they were faced with in attention that was paid to the
to the living conditions of those evacuees i think is going on the four hundred and seventy nine percent more than once or you use technically we were not an attorney's but neither were we free to leave the camp i think some people really needed to be confined for internet i'm getting all kinds of things huge round it is our desire to keep the native organization as intact as possible no individual should be permitted to take his family and leave insist on doing so he should lose all rights should not be allowed to return to the island silva superintendent headrick to johnston we were treated
better than animals for services of the government officials hadn't found the time to plan for the ol huge relocation but they did find time to organize a press tour never before had any ship lots of strange cargo tumor insurers letting the rails of the big transport towering over a little crab or hundreds of average of men women and children especially children in the north pacific in the bering sea outpost of the empire reporter justin duerr as the new york herald tribune as to last until rosh hashanah years eighty three evacuees from were loaded onto officially taken about fifty miles up shivering the native two white teachers who had been affected as a native children lined up in fish sticking scotch and sang god bless america to the tune of ringtone
it was rather touching a little leverage and singing their heads they were just as patriotic hymns just as renteria as the rest of us the city's little yellow skin barbarians were much better good because we had been on the boat for so long and to breathe fresh air small victories in their roses i didn't know at that time that eventually i would like the trees and it was nice to be sure and we saw this kind of an open field so the kids were ending all of a sudden they were saying here we ran into nestle's and we didn't know what to do or that's blisters on their legs the afghans arrived it kill issue of simulated knowledge of nine thousand years of survival but this environment was completely
at the recurring know massacres back home we had routine the recent things we had to do to survive the kind i mean we knew we had to do something but what the last of the evacuees from the villages are on alaska act you can coast guard she got more caution and the order arrived in southeast alaska later that summer taken durango institute a boarding school for native children villagers reporter did wooden floor tense doctors inoculated the other youths against typhoid and smallpox other medical missions were tainted by racism assuming millions were old low moral character government doctors require all females twelve years of age in
order to undergo physical examination i remember in particular the urgency of once we got there they had to give us our medical treatments and my sister again being in a certain age group she was subjected to physical examination so is so degrading to her and we felt really bad about that but we had the same event from wrangled el huge were moved to more good good this school
works bill is just did the best they could of course my mom she was losing charge shoes and these people it everybody looked up turner she took care of medical problems like broken bones and so the deliberate all babies in town i don't know where she got it a handful of evacuees lost in the system and georgia get day off a fifteen year old orphan boy from rasheed a tiny attention was left to fend for himself who's been a weird at a landfill lakers who were separated but
it was strange and i had to work on in the sport michelle and respect in juno will go into service you have to back on that is similar to helium rich lot of people i mean taking people away from their own show jitters or were hitters they'll hear strange play him strange people her only sister not that then never thought too much of it you know you think about it you know we couldn't live here
in fact america was doing therefore it's pretty easy just twenty two miles northwest of thunder bay at a place called experts seven hundred nazi's prisoners have regularly years sleeping in warmth it has been receiving regular medicare are protected by the geneva conventions the prisoners' living standards were much higher than el us navy ship signing reach the victory didn't i think it's hard to understand league i'm sure what he thought was the amount of supplies and clothes were allowed to take that we'd only got a few days at the most and then i'm three sons weeks within months and then the years nobody ever knew from day
today how much longer would be here and then people started getting sick people were getting boils they were running rampant through the camp and then we had eye infections we ended the title oh i'm just one thing that was so contagious are we had paralyzed that was just rampant tb lasts another big problem we've lost so people to do to be cost us we lost lots of elders i think that that's why our culture's just stood still for a long time i think that the poor people from thunder bay i think that they suffered the most with things that they went through were really terrible
the tuition camp under last october seventh nineteen forty two i wish to submit my resignation as agent and caretaker feel i cannot stay and watch people have grown attached oh only a miracle can prevent a tragedy sickness in extreme suffering our family survived the summer some people were sick they really go on the hospital at my sister and grandmother so we all got together and had a meeting and then we wrote this letter of the we the people of this place wants a better place than this to relive this place is no place for a living creature we drink and pure water and then get sick the children skip skin disease even that these protests were echoed by curatorial attorney general i have no language of my gmail which can adequately describe what i saw my
head on top of that he would not believe my statements in short the situation is shocking i have seen some pretty tough places my days are lawyers but nothing to equal the situation why they not take us to a better place to live and work for ourselves do we have to see our children suffer we all have rights to speak for ourselves federal officials responding from their warm officers in the lower forty eight states refused the appeal let them know we're all called on to make sacrifices in connection with the work program or keep our director of alaska fisheries with little help eliot's work to improve campus but all their labels could not protect them from destitution disease and death during the years nineteen forty two and nineteen forty three one in ten factories would die a death rate
comparable to that of american soldiers and foreign press like seven years they're needing there's no heat no he now said all those three four of his kids got together in certain ones buried with if you're lucky a blanket known one hundred years if you're lucky yes you know school days to the note to my uncle's remains sick with tb made his last phone call and he won that race beyond simple and in some cases run over in the morning make sure you would like to store for him to keep getting warmer now and then
you tell me some stories you don't believe in god god on your side usually just naturally injuries life there are i was fifteen when i got my first job in jewish encourages growth is the dishwasher five dollars for a one day that was good enough then they had a fire there after three weeks than i do at my job for that i have to look into the newspaper and i wanted somebody to work in the governor's top are the ones that keep wearing drafted wimps tackling juno
after they work two weeks or so they sent for their family and i was just kind of upset because here my husband is i don't know where even worse he can reason scientists and i had no choice it was a big educational process that took place from thereon people learned that really they were being treated as full citizens u s interior department which administered the cripple of like a virtual prison colony for a new trial in nineteen forty one year before the hour you'd evacuation the annual seals slaughter delivered two point four million dollars to the us treasury in nineteen forty two year of the evacuation the operation lost eight million dollars now the interior department wanted to make up its lost its problem
was the allianz the seals were in a combat zone and the entire sentence in wages and jobs did the people who were working in juneau were told that if you don't go you want to reward ticket back on the privilege to lose the house that we were allowing to live in if you don't come and work with us during the summer just to sonia the ceiling then finally assembled included one hundred sixteen evacuees and twelve how you saw active military duty furloughed for the seal carcass bravo of evacuation can thunder alaska thursday may six this week to wave from the dark acquire of native voices began to fear will chant russian soldiers answer those remaining i'm sure many of the women cries experienced a party that they say
are civilians so on june ten nineteen forty three with phenomenal success i remember the largest scale of those made of those over five thousand eight hundred some odd the st paul island and i got the hundred and fifty three of their birth sex but at times your sacrifice and so they go but i think it is the hardest work imaginable commercial sealing and dribble lot ended in nineteen eighty four pressure from wildlife conservation groups and declining consumer demand shut down the water and the salt house but in nineteen forty three the us ceiling operation was unrivaled i'm
robert smith her but it was the right to do over and he we ran out early in the morning with a pride in what we did and there was the people assigned to different tasks after i was watching i watched them we've heard of seals at an experienced could stand here and speak to see more than federal agents supervise the audience in partnership with and
goings of the fault for mr jackson's horse and sixty three it was a pretty hard richard you're going to just drop all the reason we talked between the numbers i thought geez each other areas they were from it's very difficult life gonzales i'm also very scared that's something that's often all time record harvest some one hundred and twenty five thousand syrians
taking the agents would reluctantly taking sips my share from her for maturing over again for our summer of forty five forty five minutes and they're going to have at the dutch water true short sleepers you just flip through the worst of them in a deadly epidemic of influence their families were suffering the unceasing for disease and death was reported in official campaign launch thursday july eighth say george evacuation every man except the cooke priest and i hate monday july twelfth so having the flu friday july sixteenth about five am
alexander the what with his adored mr roth i want men helped build a cascade my mom has been surging and the industry won saw when he got double pneumonia and there is the government to nurse their son but back home with my mom today nothing to do for so long mom took into the midwives he told them to keep warm a fifty five gallon drum some forty buy it at florida ken lay down on the midwest tried their best killer game healthy body couldn't cry no he died my ol mom
got the priest a priest came over and gave a burst into the child in an annex data carpenters root bound to show up in a can of cards and foreign aid and those are the hardest challenges your head oh cool
evacuees from the triple losses returned home in the spring of nineteen forty four you would fall half crying and i have lost my mom here before so i was going back with my grandfather and i remember a great excitement the axis know some expectation are going to fork in an earlier about the duke of the whole person mcdaid of unarmed children and it soon will assume that for dinner that event which was good in a lot of those evacuees solutions returned home in nineteen forty five million japanese descent very happy and first just to get oh
snap there are families it was just a dream i mean the concern is real happening but holmes was not one us military had been lifted troops in native homes army and navy inspectors confirmed what was obvious to the eye grant said georgian windows broken it's just terrible we had no furniture to be la bought a few pieces of that's hardly anything about this poll inherently we're dismantling the bases and they were taking furniture out to the dump
works beautiful for instability and burning burning even their churches have been vandalized centuries old religious icons have been damaged destroyed or stolen tragic just tragic what happened here on the continent in this in this very place is a tragedy after all el youths had endured this was devastating to lisa kind in the us right what the patterns woven into the young dudes find grass baskets their experiences would be woven into their culture so to the loss of four aleutian villages at two new yorker a cushion and khachigian deciding it would be too costly to repatriate the villagers us authorities declared their homes off limits for other
homeless and you know we're we go one her own on them you couldn't do show a decision from the abuses to complain through its face the world we're moving and so dr huge little by little what we lose them and start having secret meetings in their homes anyone to leak out to the government they learned from being and you know being in the armed forces and having seen how the people of other places they began to realize that your teammates losing a lot of things freedom of speech freedom of religion freedom of movement and i think it was those kinds of freedoms that valued people decided they better do
something about agents of their own military in a very real sense a world war to experience gives them a reference point of negative declined a reference point from which to step forward in nineteen fifty one on wild a precedent setting playing against the united states government for gross mistreatment between the years at seventy and nineteen forty six l u independence movement had begun the justice department contacted me to write a report that they needed in response to the probe off valued its suit against the government for a hundred years of servitude what i learned was shocking i had access to have confidential files that spanned a hundred years in the federal archives
i had heard things but i didn't know the extent of the enslavement and oppression of yelling at people the government agents were police today where investigators say activists prosecutors and judge injury they had totalitarian authority i think one of the important thing was to be treated the us won a white american citizens i think that's where the idea of citizenship came up and the fact that they were given any opportunities to vote and it really wanted to blow up a fare when carl moses who was running for the year i asked state legislature came to st paul island and the agent that is there now and that would let him off year of nineteen sixty four stalin apparently knew i was coming because
you know the group and cameron told me that i could stay and have to get back on the plan that got national attention that other politicians refused entry into a local precinct but that was last time that would never happen dr hughes lawsuit against the us government was providing a more difficult challenge the case took a long time although it started back in nineteen fifty one it wasn't settled until i think nineteen seventy eight but even then the distribution that was made based on treatment ill treatment plan deprivation of civil rights and so forth in the market very much we have a tendency to forget although reminded no more often than we used to be that we've never been without a race problem in american history changed the alley people have made this
really quite remarkable athletes were making incredible gains to experience continue to hold them when darren porter start to show was about fifteen years old and i was telling them about her and the family and nixon told her that one time the us navy burnt cabinet and evacuated us in total about how hard the lifeless and chris and damian says mama i'm sure that happened a statistic happen he says but it's not in history books he didn't believe that it actually happened the ominous lost their equality came to own heart although it wasn't our fault it made you feel if you had something to be ashamed
of nature of injustice is such that it did is not qualified by at the numbers of people who are affected and in my view he and justice is something that happens to individuals an individual suffering just spreads groups of individuals that they are individuals i think that our our society recognizes that individual's attorney john carpenter got the audience cause in nineteen seventy eight as we retained by the aleutian prebble off items association he would proven effective in a historic campaign to seek reparations from the us
government as you are the problem we went through literally thousands of documents in scores of boxers just focused on this period letters logs western union telegraph minutes of meetings that established fundamentally the case for the early people to show the injustices that they had suffered a decorated military veteran curtain and share in the audience and you could have done better in many ways it was a humanitarian impulse for the removal of the allianz but there was another is a mole bureaucratic failure in terms of the duty to care for the audience once they have been removed from their homes and relocated to these camps
we don't have i don't believe in it absolutely accurate enumeration of those ok but we do know that at least ten percent are in the camps and the government's care arm be that mortality rate was sharply japanese americans interned during world war two were already lobbying congress for revelations an alliance was formed between the two were fourteen both groups greater political influence of the aisle you is still invisible to the nation would have to make their own case it was completely different from a japanese american experience in the internment camps there was no question about the loyalty oath in washington and across the nation the attitude was conciliatory no question world war to have been an epic
struggle for good but vietnam and watergate for governments make mistakes is so president carter on july thirty first nineteen eighties signed into law a bill which established to commission on wartime relocation and internment of civilians with two principal mandates consider the claims of the japanese americans and to consider the claims of the author and so the process began this is the cbs evening news for tens of thousands of them were sent to concentration camps in the world the news around the globe focused on the japanese american internment el huge story was a mere footnote but that hardly matters for the first time in us history allie once had a place on the nation's political agenda now some forty
years after that by a federal commission is investigating that chapter in the nation's past two thousand babies is born of the real leaders in this cause was still a mom to you cause he was a wonderful man and yet he was a towering giant of the person he was affective he was articulate and he spoke from the heart we had a compelling how you'd witnesses it appeared before this very distinguished commission is boulez has been this year and we have depositions of scores of more about all of this or caused the
commission to recommend back to the congress to recommend that to the congress restitution for both the italians and the japanese americans the commission concluded that the united states had failed its citizens the government's failure to care was directly responsible for widespread disease and get in the camps and the loss of community and personal property in the audience villages the government handed as a matter of simple convenience limited the aisle use personal freedoms treating them as a herd of animals and i think that one thing you one takes away from the us says it's very important to respect the beginning of individuals and today you have people in the authority to be in charge or there are lots that said i think i hope that as a core value of this country that
that made what happened several more are both these groups of individuals important remember ann dornfeld in the camps are now huge protests have fallen on deaf ears the commission's report gave him a voice in alaska's lawmakers closely aligned with japanese american leaders would provide the political muscles overcoming debate on capitol hill no one other than the japanese are estimates were actually taken from their lives and interned and treated as though they're aliens other americans are moved out and walk harm's way were not interned and they were they were put on islands that had no ability to leave her know going to work and they really are told me up the left in isolation during the bird rewards i thought they should be compensated as well as those who were interned as japanese we receive a simple justice that so between nineteen eighty three and nineteen eighty eight seven different religious measures were introduced in congress we'll
report on the recommendations my father instilled in me just so what we did with the japanese american communities that would actually use the slave labor rally that big government was a very emotional thing for me because it's probably one of the unjust things have happened in our civilization chairman day we celebrate the signing of our god who didn't do it years ago we have an opportunity to reaffirm that great document human liberty why all about me are going to admit that we made every day and i think a lot of our great nation to be able to read that we made in the state governments do things wrong you know in democracies have voted to re write on august tenth nineteen eighty eight president ronald reagan signed a law one hundred
dutch three a three foot long tunnel for redress this was truly a tremendous achievement in the new law provided for a five million dollar trust fund for the benefit of the villagers who had been returned and their descendants it also provided one point four million dollars for restoration of church properties fifteen million dollars for the loss of their two lines and into the it'll payments of twelve thousand dollars to those elites who had survived the camps and were still alive at the time the public law became a trip to thank you all again and god bless you the particular story priceless icons that were lost from the churches or loss of a loved one day their
neglect in and disease no amount of money can can compensate for the loss of traditional village site on on that too but it's necessary some to compensate people were injustices by helping the next generation to generation after generation second set that we have to remember that our country is going to suffer calamities threats attacks performance but in the course of these events we must ensure that the liberties of our individual citizens on the show this idea is misguided effort to protect the greater good
it's just a few just a few people but many of their fundamental rights were ignored or shouted the side in the course of war two and we cannot allow the same thing to happen to others today he please share it connect the cemetery so one day i asked her on the show quite cushion mission
grandma do in that cemetery every day maybe some day some years will go back and visit and then served in and co founders after nearly sixty years that a distance of some fifteen hundred mile circle institution comparable of violence from fatah but the distance of this group is more rightly measure miles of a young man and i was only fifty years old or at the mouth like you see in the background there several others went up to the top of mount and stayed overnight turnaround for deer that we came back this experience but the people with answers to that was great i mean i enjoyed every moment was an experience of our lives
returning his heart upon a lifetime achievements have given them inside individuals are not defined by what other choices they make so again in the us on a few native americans to cheat for him became an influential business and political power is widely respected as a cucumber traditions was served in the us marine corps and then the alaska state troopers peter border across the third child of mary and george porter goss who was born to get most of you can agree it's rotted away what remained so members this is the camp and now you're getting now the first
senior archivist the coffee's spain sea used to have candy they're from imperial candy company seattle you would say and she said her husband went to juneau for medical reason in profits they can live for a candy fortune for her and her children so this brings me a lot of memories yes it's been true for a start a victory on an interest in that one song we must win them to get on was my father in here for the costly and won't go through the completion of her thoughts and forth with peter
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Aleut Story
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In the turbulence of war, in a place where survival was just short of miraculous, the Aleuts of Alaska would redefine themselves -- and America. From indentured servitude and isolated internment camps, to Congress and the White House, this is the incredible story of the Aleuts' decades-long struggle for human and civil rights. Narrated by Martin Sheen and original music score by Composer Alan Koshiyama, the program draws compelling parallels to the present, as our country grapples with the challenging question of the balance between civil liberties and national security.
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Producer: Williams, Marla
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