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Mohawk Steelworkers Reflect On 9/11

In this Oct. 19, 2001 file photo, workers continue to remove debris in the rubble of the remains of the World Trade Center at ground zero. While Americans grieved the 9/11 attacks and U.S. troops went to war in Afghanistan, another army, one made up of ironworkers, heavy equipment operators and mason tenders, battled day and night in to clear away the destruction in Lower Manhattan and recover the bodies of the dead from the pit. (Ed Betz/AP)
In this Oct. 19, 2001 file photo, workers continue to remove debris in the rubble of the remains of the World Trade Center at ground zero. While Americans grieved the 9/11 attacks and U.S. troops went to war in Afghanistan, another army, one made up of ironworkers, heavy equipment operators and mason tenders, battled day and night in to clear away the destruction in Lower Manhattan and recover the bodies of the dead from the pit. (Ed Betz/AP)

Many members of New York’s Mohawk tribe helped build the NYC skyline, including the Twin Towers. They also saw the towers come down and participated in the cleanup and rescue mission.

North Country Public Radio’s Ana Williams-Bergen spoke with some Mohawk steelworkers as they look back to that fateful time 20 years ago.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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