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They Helped Build the Twin Towers - Mohawk Ironworkers Series on APTN

They helped build the Twin Towers and were affected by the 9-11 cleanup - Mohawk Ironworkers series on APTN

Mohawk Ironworkers is a new 13-part half hour documentary series that APTN says celebrates the steely determination of the Mohawk ironworkers of Kahnawake, Akwesasne and Six Nations that are said to be “the best ironworkers on the planet.”

According to the APTN release: Using a mixture of dramatic HD "high steel" footage, on the job and home-life reality shooting and archival material, each half hour episode presents a fascinating visual and moving story of the ironworkers and their families – as they face the realities of one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet.

Mohawk Ironworkers on APTN

The series features engaging personal stories from the Mohawk Ironworkers who built the World Trade Center and were affected by the 9/11 cleanup.

Tuesday September 13th will include a special episode on 9/11. The episode description is as follows:

When the NYC Twin Towers were destroyed on 9/11, over 50 Mohawk ironworkers helped clear the wreckage of the iconic Towers their fathers built. But no one was prepared for the health risks of the Ground Zero cleanup. The cleanup cost Jaysen Mayo his health and career, and Brad Bonaparte, his life. After 9/11, Mohawks, like John McGowan, continue to honour their relationship with the World Trade Center by building One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

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The series is also accompanied by a series of Mohawk ironworkers collectible trading cards that feature over 80 ironworkers who participated in the series. Collectable Cards will soon be available for purchase on the Mohawk Ironworkers website and in select stores in Kahnawake, Akwesasne and Six Nations. Virtual virtual cards are available on the series Facebook page.

Mohawk Ironworkers is produced by Paul M. Rickard, George Hargrave, and Margaret Horn. The series features a team of Indigenous directors: Jeff Dorn, Margaret Horn, Courtney Montour, Paul M. Rickard, and Michelle Smith.

The series premiered Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 7 p.m. ET on APTN.

For more information visit the Mohawk Ironworkers Facebook page at or visit the Mohawk Ironworkers website at

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