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For Immediate Release: September 17, 2004
Brett Eaton, 703-601-2554, ext. 111
Media Advisory
Secretary Norton to Accept Totem Poles
Liberty and Freedom from Lummi Nation

WASHINGTON - On Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton will accept Liberty and Freedom Totem Poles from the Lummi Nation on behalf of the President and the U.S. Government. The totem poles, carved from 600-year-old cedar, 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.

Norton will read President Bush's Patriot Day Proclamation and deliver remarks at the 2 p.m. ceremony at the Pentagon. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Director of Administration and Management Raymond F. DuBois also will speak at the event. Lummi tribal members 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.

WHO: Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, and Director of Administration and Management Raymond F. DuBois

WHAT: Ceremony accepting Lummi Nation Totem Poles

WHERE: The Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia

WHEN: 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004

MEDIA: Credentialed news media representatives should arrive at the Pentagon's South Parking Lot by 1 p.m. with two forms of ID and proof of media affiliation. There will be a media availability from 3:10 to 4 p.m. with Lummi tribal members and family members. More information is at




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