Mile-Hi Notes, Volume 2, Number 7

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Vol. 2 No. 7
5946 W. Iowa PI., Lakewood, CO 80226
July 1986
At right, Bob Sakaguchi presents the Mile-Hi Scholarship
to this year's winner, Naomi Horii from Boulder, CO. Naomi's
parents are Dr. Yoshiyuki and Nobuko Horii. Naomi graduated
from Boulder high School 53rd in a class of 666 with a 3.7
GPA. She is an accopmlished pianist with many, many awards
in music beginning at age 10. naomi has been employed as a
professional pianist. The Mile-Hi JACL Scholarship has
been awarded annyally since 1961 to deserving and outstanding
High School seniors who plan to continue their education.
The criteria for this scholarship are scholastic achieve-
ments and active participation in community, church and
school activities. The Mile-Hi Chapter congratulates Naomi
on her award.
Wilbur Sameshima from Thorton High School was the
winner of the first Ellison Onizuka Memorial Scholar-
ship. The scholarship and award was presented by
Lorna Onizuka. Wilbur's parents are Akio and Yoshiko
Sameshima. He has an impressive list of achievements
in school, he finished 9th in a class of 475 with a
GPA of 3.8. He has been in the Honor Band since the
8th grade. He placed first in a national competition
for the media in a National History Day where he wrote
an essay about the Relocation Camps for the Japanese
Americans during WWII. wilbur was very active in
school, participating in tennis, racquetball and skiing
he plans to study Aerospace Engineering and has been
accepted at CU. Wilbur was also presented with the
JACL Sakata Memorial Award by Stanley Shibao, son of
the late Harry H. Sakata.
Mile-Hi Chapter Regular Chapter meeting, Thursday,
July 10th at 7:30 pm at the nisei Post. This meeting
was moved back one week because of the July 4th holiday.
Will we see you there?
Farewell Dinner The Japanese Association of Colorado
will host a farewell dinner for Rev. harold Oda and family
on July 11th at the Akebono. Contact Joe Ozaki (422-4045)
for further details.
Nisei Post #185 Installation of officers will be held
on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:00 pm at the New Cathay Dining
Room. Post members should contact Edwin Shimabukuro at
(477-7171) for reservations by July 10th.
Japanese Association Meeting The Association will have
a special meeting on Thursday, July 17th at 7:30 pm at
the Nisei Post to discuss the community picnic. This
meeting is open to the public.
Denver Buddhist Temple There will be a farewell
dinner for Rev. harold oda and Family on Sunday, July
20th at the Denver Buddhist Temple. There will be a
service in honor of Rev. Oda at 4:00 pm followed by
a Pot-Luck dinner at 5:00 pm. The service and dinner
are open to the public. Chochairmen for this event
are Kenzo Fujimori and Kay Nitta. The Temple will
furnish the drinks and dessert.
JACL National Convention The 1986 National JACL
Convention will be held in Chicago July 20-25 at the
Hyatt Regency Chicago. Contact Bob Sakaguchi (469-
4337) for further details.
Denver-Takayama Sister Cities 27 Takayama students
and 8 chaperons will arrive at Stapleton Airport on
Saturday, July 26th. There will be an informal recep-
tion for the visitors at 7:00 pm, July 26th at the
Oenver Art Museum. This Pot-Luck reception is open
to the public. Contact Ruth Yamauchi (237-9747.

I just returned from Cody, Wyoming, the East gate to
Yellowstone Park, the home of Buffalo Bill cody and the
site of the heart Mountain Relocation Center. The pur-
pose of my trip was to observe the dedication of a Memo-
rial Plaque honoring 22 Nisei Veterans who lost their
lives fighting for their country. I would like to briegly
share with you the twenty four hours that I spent in this
northwestern Wyoming town.
I had known about the dedication ceremonies for seve-
ral months and had decided that as Chapter President I
should attend and witness firsthand the events that were
scheduled for June 21. I had intended to leave Broom-
field at 2:00 am on June 21 thinking that a leasurely
500 mile drive would take me about eight or nine hours.
I set the alarm for 1;30 and went to bed. At 4:30, I
realized I was still in bed and not in my car. Fortu-
nately, I had packed the car the night before, including
my bento, so I didn't have to worry about forgetting
anything, but no matter how well you plan a trip you
always seem to walk, or in my case this particular mor-
ning ran, out of the house knowing you overlooked some-
thing. It wasn't until I hit the Interstate that I
realized that my gas needle was on 'E'. I had forgotten
to fill my car with gas! With a light foot I did man-
age to make it to the Longmont exit.
I must admit that due tc my late start and knowing
that the dedication ceremonies would start at 2:00 pm,
I didn't quite observe the 55 mph speed limit. As a
matter of fact, I think I set a new land speed record
foing from Denver to Cody in seven hours. When I arri-
ved in Cody, I checked into the holiday Inn and was
able to join the others for lunch. I should note here
that the various activities were planned by a group of
local homesteaders and the 'Heart Mountain Class of
1947' predominantly Californians and headed by Bacon
Sakatani of West Covina, CA. At lunch, i had the honor
of sitting with Trud and Min Yasui, Alive and Bill Hoso-
kawa and Congressman Norman Mineta. After lunch we
headed northeast out of Cody for 14 miles to the site
of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center. The site which
was sonce a barren wasteland is now a green productive
field, but like so many days in Wyoming, this first day
of summer was cold and windy. A few structures such as
a camp hospital and two warehouse buildings are the only
remaining facilities outside of the memorial itself to
remind visitors of the grim surroundings of over 40
years ago. On the site of the memorial is the original
wooden marker, which the elements have deteriorated and
three bronze plaques, two mounted on large boulders and
the third on steel legs. The plaque mounted on steel
legs gives a brief history of the center and describes
the original memorial. The smaller of the two plaques
mounted on boulders was erected by several Heart Mountain
organizations as a memorial to those 11,000 Japanese
Americans who were incarcerated during 1942 to 1945.
The plaque contains a picture of the rows of barracks
and the site plans of the compound area. The camp during
it highest occupancy was the third largest city in Wyo-
ming. The third plaque, mounted on a boulder that stands
approximately 4.5 feet high, is a memorial dedicated to
those 22 former Heart Mountain Nisei, who lost their lives
in WWII. The plaque was presented by the Heart Mountain
High School Class of 1947. The dedication ceremony was
only marred by the cold Wyoming wind. Bill Hosokawa and
Conbressman Norman Mineta, both former residents of Heart
Mountain and Min Yasui addressed the more than 100 attendees.
To culminate the day, a banquet was held at the Holiday
Inn, with over 200 people packed into the small facility.
One of the benefits of attending this typr of activity is
the opportunity to meet new people. I had the pleasure of
sitting across from Chuch Ando of Powell, Wyoming and his
daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Terry Daugherty and son
and daughter-in-law, Sandi and Cole Ando also from Powell.
The keynote speaker was Bill hosokawa followed by comments
from Min and Congressman Mineta. Bill talked of the people
that were associated with the camp and those that were help-
ful in arranging for the dedication. Min in his usual off-
the-cuff way gave one of his patented motivational speechs
which is a trait that I truly admire. Its been said time
and time again that one of the toughest things to do as a
speaker is to follow men like Bill and Min. Congressman
Mineta, however, told a personal story which I will never
forget. He started by telling of how his father was able
to leave camp to teach in Illinois, but as red tape would
have it the Congressman and his mother were not able to
leave. As he jokingly put it, they were considered a secu-
rity risk. The Congressman then went on to explain that
once permission was granted to leave, he and his mother
boarded a bus for Billings, Montana to catch a train to
Chicago. There was a layover in Billings so Mrs. Mineta
rented a room for the evening. Before retiring for the
evening theysat down for a nice quiet supper in the local
restaurant, something they hadn't experienced in several
years. Upon finishing the Congressman noted, 'being crea-
tures of habit, I began to stack my plates as was customary
in camp, but just as I did my mother stopped me and .said,
"Norman you never have to do that again, You're Free Now".
Those three words say it all.
On June 24th, I took part in an Asian Coalition meeting
with Mayor Fredrico Pena. His goal is to meet quarterly
with this group to discuss problems and issues related to
the Asian Community. Three major topics were discussed;
contracts awarded to minorities and women, the lack of
Asians in administrative positions and the lack of Asian
history as it relates to Colorado and our educational pro-
gram. I will keep you posted on further meetings with the
Mayor, if you have any issue or concerns that you would
like to have me bring before the Mayor, please feel free
to contact me.
In closing, I would like to congratulate the Community
Graduates Committee for another outstanding banquet.
The sponsor of this newsletter for the month of July
is the Green Acres Turf Farm Inc., 12511 E. 112th Ave.,
Henderson, CO. Green Acres provides commercial and resi-
dential service and specializes in certified Kentucky
Bluegrass developed for the Denver area. This firm will
provide complete step by step instructions for the Do-it-
Yourselfer or provide delivery and installation.

Takayama Reception There will be a formal reception
for the visitors from Takayama at 7:00 pm at the Wellshire
Inn on Monday, July 28th. Mayor Federico Pena is expected
to attend this reception which is open to the public. For
further information, contact Teddi Mead (W 575-2700) or
(H 377-4039).
Community Picnic The annual Community Picnic will be
held this year on Sunday, August 3rd beginning at 11:00 am
at Berkley Park, W. 46th Ave. at Sheridan. Public is
Go-For-Broke Golf Tournament The Second Annual Go-For-
Broke Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September
12th at the Wellshire Inn Golf Course. More on this tour-
nament in this newsletter.
Kansha-no-Hi Observance of this event will be held on
Saturday, September 20th at the Denver Buddhist Temple.
Nominations for awards are due July 28th.
Shown above are Mrs. Sadako Tsubokawa, Arvada with Mr.
Sam Tanaka, Longmont and Mr. A. M. Watada, Fort Lupton.
Mrs. Tsubokawa was honored at a public reception held
June 20th at the Lotus Room, The reception was in recog-
nition of the receipt by Mrs. Tsubokawa of a Kunsho'
from the government of Japan for her many years of public
service. She was also honored at a formal reception with
the Counsel General from Japan.
The following is a brief synopsis of the minutes of the
regular Chpater meeting held on June 5th.
Treasurers report shows a balance of $1845 as of the
end of May however the scholarship fund will be deducted
from this total.
Bob Sakaguchi reported that he and Jim Hada will attend
the National Convention as delegates. Mrs. Terry Sato will
attend as an alternate.
A Chapter brochure will be designed with the national
brochure as an example. George Johnston will try this.
"Visibile Target', a video concerning the evacuation
of Bainbridge island, WA and the bravery of Walt and
Milly Woodward publishers of the Bainbridge Review who
stood alone opposing the evacuation. The PBS national
feed was on June 15th, however the local PBS stations
did not broadcast the documentary. Channels 6 and 12
did tape the feed for later broadcast.
Min Yasui reported on the LEC action. He also reported
on the House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing in April. A
potentially damaging item was the report by the Justice
Department opposing redress.
A fund raiser 'Salute to Nisei Veterans' was discussed.
November 11th was suggested as a good date for this event.
The Houston Fine Arts Center was suggested as a likely
Another fund raiser, a musical review was discussed.
The suggested date for this review was September 27th.
Aki Hata agreed arrange and MC this event.
The Mile-Hi Chapter will host the Tri-District meeting
for 1987. Tentative dates for this meeting are August
26-29. An attendence of about 200 is expected for this
Above, Leo Goto, General Chairman for this golf tour-
nament addresses the attendees at the Community Graduation
Banquet. The 2nd Annual Go-For-Broke Tournament will be
held this year on Firday, September 12th at the Wellshire
Inn Golf Course. This tournament will be a major fund
raiser for the Japanese American Community Graduation
Program. Many major prizes such as a chance for an auto-
mobile will be featured in this tournament. Golfer fee
is $100 if entered before August 15th and $125 thereafter.
Contact Dennis ioka (534-7623), Kent Yoritomo (936-4362)
or Leo Goto (759-3333) for further details. Below, Leo
presents traveling trophy to last year's winning team
represented by Dave Tagawa and Don Tanabe.

Shown above the memorial dedicated to the 22 former
Heart Mountain Nisei and described by Bob Sakaguchi.
At right, Min and True Yasui and Alice and Bill Hoso-
kawa with the other attendees at the dedication cere-
monies. Other attendees from Colorado were Bob and
Linda Sakaguchi, Eichi and Yoriko Imada and Gerry
Tanaka. Photos by Bob Sakaguchi.
Tom Masamori
Welcome to the following new Mile-Hi members:
Dr. Robert and Louise Gasser
Leo and Helen Goto
Dr. Joseph Yasutake
Eddie and Alice Seo
Recent conversions to Life Membership
Harry Ida
James and Sumi Imatani
Hooch Okumura
Thanks to the recent referals for prospective mem-
bers. We are continuing to grow (slowly). But your
contacts are giving me a lots of help. Keep trying!
To Michi Yasui Ando, Mile-Hi member. After 44
years, Michi Ando was finally given the diploma she
earned at the University of Oregon. Because of the
evacuation, Michi was unable to attend the gradua-
tion ceremony in 1942. At the recent ceremony, her
family was in attendence, including her brother Min
and sister-in-law True. Media coverage was very
extensive locally and nationally.
Below, the site plan for the Heart Mountain Relocation
Center. At one time during 1942-1945, this was the third
largest city in Wyoming.
Mile-Hi Chapter JACL
5946 W. Iowa PI.
Lakewood, CO 80226
1150 S