When Tule Lake was drained and
diverted into canals, lakes and storage reservoirs
near the turn of the century, people came to settle
the land. Many of the following are audio clips taken
of the settlers while making the video 'Homesteading
in a Promised Land', a 100-year story of
homesteading in the Tulelake Basin. These are
original versions of their personal feelings when
they were denied use of their irrigation water in 2001
by their own government.(for more about
Homesteading in a Promised
Land video, click
In 1947 - 1949, WWII veterans
moved to Tulelake
to live on the homestead given to
him by the U.S.
Gov't for their service in WWII.
to defend our country, and spent the rest
lives raising food for America.
Velma Robison tells how they felt the
day their irrigation water was shut off in 2001.
Velma and Fred Robison, 1947,
when they won their
photo by Anders Tomlinson,
of Fred and Velma Robison in
2001. Velma holds Reclamation ERA magazine
Paul and Gertrude Christy photo by Anders Tomlinson
The late Paul Christy tells about his