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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 051-04
September 14, 2004

Totem Poles Presented to Pentagon

            Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Director of Administration and Management Raymond F. DuBois will speak at a ceremony to accept the Liberty and Freedom Totem Poles from the Lummi Nation Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. EDT in the Pentagon's South Parking Lot.  The ceremony is open for media coverage and will take place rain or shine.

 

            The Liberty and Freedom Totem Poles are dedicated to the 184 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon and veteran and current members of the U.S. military as a sign of unity and support from Native Americans.  The Liberty and Freedom Totem Poles are the third set of totems carved by Jewell Praying Wolf James, councilman and master carver for the Lummi Nation.  The first totem pole was presented in New York on Sept. 7, 2002, followed one-year later with the presentation of a totem pole in Shanksville, Pa.

 

            During the ceremony, several Native Americans will participate in the traditional blessing of the poles and a family member of the victims and a representative of the U.S. military will make remarks.

 

            Media wishing to cover the ceremony should arrive in the South Parking Lot no later than 1 p.m.  Members of the press must have proof of affiliation and two forms of identification.  The point of contact for this event is Brett Eaton, (703) 601-2554 ext. 111, or brett.eaton@whs.mil.

 

            Additional information can be found at http://www.lummihealingpole.org/ .

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