Fourteen Lummi Youth Academy students visited New York City and participated in a ceremony honoring a family whose son was killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Lummi Nation, in northwestern Washington, established a relationship with the family of Peter Alderman when a healing pole carved by Lummi artist Jewell James was installed in Sterling Forest, an hour north of New York City, a year after the attack.
The ceremony was held in the American Indian Community House, 11 Broadway, New York, New York. The students were accompanied by Lummi Youth Academy director Darrell Hillaire, who was chairman of the Lummi Nation when the healing pole was delivered to New York.
Alderman was attending a conference at Windows on the World in the World Trade Center when two planes were flown into the building. He was 25 when he died. His parents founded the Peter C. Alderman Foundation in his memory, to “heal the emotional wounds of victims of terrorism and mass violence by training indigenous health workers and establishing trauma treatment systems in post-conflict countries around the globe.”
Since 2003, the Peter C. Alderman Foundation has established seven trauma treatment centers in Cambodia, Uganda and Liberia and has trained more than 1000 indigenous doctors and other health care professionals from 22 countries. The foundation estimates that more than 100,000 victims of trauma have been treated in its clinics or by foundation-trained personnel.