All Safe at NativeNATIONS in New York
NEW YORK ? All 55 employees of NativeNATIONS Securities Inc. were safely evacuated from the offices of Wall Street's only Native-owned firm after the terrorist attack here Sept. 11.
Principal Valerie Red-Horse, Cherokee and Lakota, said 20 employees were evacuated from an office at 7 Hanover Square in Manhattan, only about five blocks from the World Trade Center towers.
Another 35 were evacuated from the firm's Jersey City, N.J., office which is directly across the Hudson River from the Twin Towers.
Red-Horse said many of the employees there witnessed the horrific attack from their windows. She said many of her employees were stunned since they are former employees of Cantor Fitzgerald, a World Trade Center-based firm that apparently suffered many casualties in the attack.
Many of her Native employees are taking time off to go back to their homelands and recuperate.
Red-Horse said efforts to re-open the business would occur as soon as Sunday, five days after the assault.
"We're going to get back to business," she said, although morale is definitely low.
Red-Horse was in Los Angeles at the time of the attack.
She called for donations to the Twin Towers Fund, which will directly benefit families of the victims.