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Old 04-10-2003, 05:20 PM   #21
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Well, we can still start calling it Piestewa Peak NOW, even if it isn't official. Then, with a well-established colloquial name in place for five years, it might be all that much more reason for the government to cave and follow through with the name change.

NEXT on the agenda, one day perhaps .... change "Mount Rainier" back to reflect its TRUE name, "Tahoma".....
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Piestewa service to take place in Tuba City

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Piestewa service to take place in Tuba City
FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2003

A memorial service will be held for Lori Piestewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, who was killed in action in Iraq.

The four-hour service will take place at the Tuba City High School in Tuba City. Gov. Janet Napolitano and Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) will speak, The Arizona Republic reported.

Piestewa was killed when her Army unit was ambushed March 23 in southern Iraq.

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Piestewa, the Lady Warrior, honored at pow-wow

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Piestewa, the Lady Warrior, honored at pow-wow
FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2003

Lori Piestewa, the Hopi woman killed in action in Iraq, was honored at the recent Northern Arizona University pow-wow.

Members of the Piestewa family attended the March 5 event, held one day after the military confirmed Piestewa died in combat. Piestewa's brother, Wayland, spoke to the crowd.

"If you listen very carefully, each and every one of us have to become warriors," he said, The Navajo Times reported. "We have been called to be warriors, it is your calling to be warriors. Become warriors of your tribes, nations as we have learned from our sister."

Also, members of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony held in support of Piestewa yesterday. One of Piestewa's first cousins lives on the Reno-Sparks reservation.

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Tribal vigil honors fallen Hopi soldier (The Reno-Gazette Journal 4/11)
Piestewa renamed the 'Lady Warrior' (The Navajo Times 4/10)
Powwow draws onlookers from across country (The Lumberjack 4/10)


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Reservation honors American Indians in military

Posted on Thu, Apr. 10, 2003

Reservation honors American Indians in military

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FORT YATES, N.D. - Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe took to the streets Thursday to pray for world peace and honor tribal members who are serving in the military and fighting in Iraq.

The parade featured about 20 vehicles, including buses and pickup trucks decorated with American flags, balloons and posters with the names of tribal members in the armed forces.

"It's kind of a hard time right now," said Lonnie Wise Spirit, who participated in a drum ceremony during the parade. "There are a lot of people from the reservation over there (in the Middle East) and I think people tend to forget that."

His sister, Bobbi Jo Wise Spirit, helped organize the parade, which was originally planned in conjunction with a weeklong tribute to youth.

"We decided to change the theme to world peace and support our people over there," she said. "We can't stop the war, but we can pray for their safe return."

About 125 Standing Rock members are serving in the military, said Charles Murphy, tribal chairman. About 25 of those soldiers are stationed in the Middle East, he said.

"We're thankful to our soldiers for fighting the evils of Saddam Hussein," Murphy said.

Murphy's executive secretary, Arlene Cordova, has a son, Avery White Lightning, who is serving with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. He arrived in Iraq last week.

"Arlene tries to keep herself occupied, but in the mornings, you can tell, she's hurting," Murphy said.

Cordova said she talked to her son on the telephone shortly after he arrived in the Middle East. He told her he was scared.

"Avery told me they were told the war could last 130 days to 365 days," Cordova said. "And after that, there's cleanup."

White Lightning, 20, graduated from Standing Rock Community School in 2001. He participated in football and track and was nominated for homecoming king, Cordova said.

White Lightning enlisted in June 2001.

"He made the decision to enlist on his own, so I thought that was a good thing," Cordova said. "But now I'm really nervous. It's difficult to watch."

Several employees at the tribe's Prairie Knights Casino were called up by the National Guard as part of the Iraqi military operation, Murphy said.

"We're all glued to CNN," he said.

Tribal officials held a worship service last week to pray for those soldiers, Murphy said. Part of the service was dedicated to Lori Piestewa, a Hopi woman from Arizona who died in Iraq a couple of weeks ago.

"She was an honorable Army soldier," Murphy said.

Murphy, one of several tribal members who served in Vietnam, said the war in Iraq has conjured up bad memories among veterans.

"Some of them are having nightmares and some of them are ready to pick up arms and go," Murphy said. "We try to focus on something else, because it bothers us."
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U.S. Senate on L. Piestewa

From the U.S. Senate in L. Piestewa

Private Piestewa is the first Native American woman in the U.S. Armed
Forces ever to die as a result of combat.
TRIBUTE TO PRIVATE FIRST CLASS LORI PIESTEWA

Mr. DASCHLE. Mr. President, I want to take just a couple of minutes of
my leader time to make a statement with regard to a very special young
woman.

Throughout America--especially in Native American communities--
Americans are grieving the loss in combat of Army PFC Lori Piestewa.

But we are also feeling pride for Lori Piestewa's remarkable life.

PFC Piestewa was a member of the Army mechanics unit that was ambushed
by Iraqi soldiers on March 23. Her body, and the remains of eight
other
soldiers, were recovered last week from a hospital in southern Iraq
when
Special Forces stormed the hospital to rescue another member of the
507th Maintenance Company, PFC Jessica Lynch.

Private Piestewa is the first Native American woman in the U.S. Armed
Forces ever to die as a result of combat.

She was 23 years old. She leaves behind two small children--a
4-year-old
son and a 3-year-old daughter. . . .She also leaves behind a
broken-hearted but proud family--and countless friends.

There are more than 12,000 Native Americans serving in our military
today--including many from my State of South Dakota.

They and Private Piestewa are part of a noble tradition that too few
Americans know much about.

It is a tradition that includes heroes like the ``Code Talkers'' of
World War II--the service members from the Lakota, Navajo and other
Indian nations who developed the only military code that was never
broken by the Japanese.

The Code Talkers were key to U.S. victories throughout the Pacific
theater. Their service helped turn the tide of the war--and saved
untold
numbers of American lives.

Today, Private Piestewa takes her place alongside them as an American
who risked everything to protect her land and her people.

Over the weekend, memorials began to appear all over the reservation
near Tuba City, AZ, where Private Piestewa grew up and where her family
still lives.

At one of the memorials, someone left a group of red, white, and blue
balloons. Included in the bunch was one green balloon, the team color
for Tuba City High School, where Lori Piestewa had been a softball star
and a junior ROTC commander.

On May 24, Private Piestewa will be honored at another memorial.

Red rose petals will be placed in her honor in the reflecting pool of
the Women in Military Service for American Memorial at Arlington
National Cemetery.

When I heard about the memorials to Private Piestewa, I thought of
another cemetery--at Wounded Knee, on the Pine Ridge reservation in
South Dakota.

I remember the first time I visited it. As I walked toward the
cemetery,
I was surprised to see little American flags dotting many of the
graves.
When I got close enough to read the headstones, I could see that many
of
the people there were veterans.

Some--like Private Piestewa--had died in the service. Others had died
years after they took off the uniform. But they wanted it recorded on
their graves: This person loved this Nation.

I have never seen a more profound expression of American patriotism.

The thoughts and prayers of our Nation are with the family and friends
of PFC Lori Piestewa.

She was an American hero. We are deeply grateful to her for her service
and sacrifice--and to all Native Americans who are serving, and have
served, our Nation in uniform.

I yield the floor.
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Wow - thanks for posting this - it makes me very proud.

I, like so many of us here, have never met or had heard of Lori Piestewa before the Iraqi war, but nevertheless, my heart is very heavy of all that she sacrificed for our country. To know that a single mother like her has given the ultimate sacrifice - well - makes me want to work harder to keep her spirit and all our cultures alive.
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A proud People

There are many customs and beliefs amoung our PEOPLE, inclusive of all tribes and nations. We, each of us, should take a moment of each day to stand with bare feet on Mother Earth, raise our Spirits heart and give thanks to Creator, or which naming is used, for each day we are gifted to see, feel, touch, smell, or hear all that is our Earth and our family. Stand proud and remember all who pass over before us by saying thank you.

I stood with bare feet on Mother Earth this morning as the sun rose in the sky and sang.....loudly and clearly.....in honor of our Sister. I am but one voice.....imagine what thousands would be like

These tears and the quickened beat of my heart, after reading this posting and several others, reminds me....I am a Human Being.......

Wado!


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More opinions on renaming peak for Piestewa
FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2003

Peggy Nelson: "Please, give us a break. "Squaw" is a term that is not used in any reference, negative or positive, to a woman in present society."

David McDaniel: "Piestewa Peak? Great idea, wrong location, wrong reason. We should name a beautiful natural structure in northeast Arizona for Pfc. Lori Piestewa. However, to link the death of this lady with the phony "squaw" issue is absolutely atrocious."

Wilmer Joshevama: "Piestewa is an appropriate name for a peak that provides runoff for our desert environment. Even if the name change has to wait, it will be an honorable one for our country."

George Garbell: "Trying to capitalize on the patriotic feelings of Arizonans regarding Pfc. Lori Piestewa to achieve a name change for Squaw Peak is disgusting."

Daniel W. Foree: "To our late Barry Goldwater, Squaw Peak and the Hopi and Navajo people were very special. It would honor both Barry Goldwater and all tribes in Arizona if Squaw Peak was renamed "Piestewa Peak," in memory of one of my heroes, Lori Piestewa."

Get the Story:
Letter: Montini message misguided (The Arizona Republic 4/11)
Letter: Wrong peak, wrong reason (The Arizona Republic 4/11)
Honorable name for a peak (The Arizona Republic 4/11)
Phony baloney opportunism (The Arizona Republic 4/10)
Fine honor for Hopi hero (The Arizona Republic 4/10)
Republic Message Board: Should we call it Piestewa Peak? (The Arizona Republic)


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First American female and Native soldier killed in Iraq War is remembered

First American female and Native soldier killed in Iraq War is remembered

Posted: April 11, 2003 - 10:46am EST
by: Staff reports

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - The Pentagon identified Pfc. Lori Piestewa as one of the soldiers found dead during the rescue of an American POW in Iraq.

Sen. Tom Daschle D-S.D. spoke of the Hopi warrior on the floor, April 7. "Private Piestewa is the first Native American woman in the U.S. armed forces ever to die as a result of combat. She was 23 years old. She leaves behind two small children, a 4-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter. She also leaves behind a broken-hearted but proud family and countless friends."

Daschle emphasized the sometimes unrecognized forces of Native Americans serving the United States military. "There are more than 12,000 Native Americans serving in our military today - including many from my state of South Dakota. They, and Pfc. Piestewa, are part of a noble tradition that too few Americans know much about. It is a tradition that includes heroes like the "Code Talkers" of World War II, the service members from the Lakota and Navajo and other Indian nations who developed the only military code that was never broken by the Japanese. … Today, Pfc. Piestewa takes her place alongside them as an American who risked everything to protect her land and her people."

Percy Piestewa, Lori’s mother, released a rare statement April 6, after asking the media to respect the family’s privacy, responding to the outpouring of sympathy from the nation and world, thankful for all the support. "People from all over the world, from all over the nation, from people who feel as if Lori were their own daughter. We ask people that they hug their little ones, tell them how much they mean to them - all the naliis (paternal grandmothers), all the kids."

The bodies of the eight soldiers were found when U.S. troops raided the hospital where Pfc. Jessica Lynch was being held captive, the Pentagon reported. Seven of those soldiers were members of Lynch’s unit, the Fort Bliss, Texas-based 507th Maintenance Company, which was ambushed near Nasiriyah on March 23.

Several prayer services were held in honor of the Hopi solider and other military personnel since the family received news of Piestewa’s disappearance weeks ago. Percy Piestewa’s statement also said that Lori’s deeply held religious beliefs likely helped sustain the soldier in her final hours and that "God took her so that she no longer would be suffering." In Associated press reports, Lori’s brother Wayland spoke to reporters saying, "Our family is proud of her. She is our hero. We are going to hold that in our hearts. She will not be forgotten. It gives us comfort to know that she is at peace right now."

Hopi Tribal Chairman Wayne Taylor said in a statement on April 4, "The tragedy has rocked the very foundation of the Hopi reservation since many of us have been continually praying with the Piestewa family for Lori’s safe return."

Wayland Piestewa added, "We ask you to continue to pray for all the troops, all the servicemen and women and the world leaders ... so that our children will know one day what it is to live in a world of peace and so that there will be a quick end to this conflict as well as other conflicts around the world."

According to Daschle, Piestewa will be honored at another memorial on May 24. Red rose petals will be placed in the reflecting pool of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in her honor.

Daschle continued, "The thoughts and prayers of our nation are with the family and friends of Pfc. Lori Piestewa. She was an American hero. We are deeply grateful to her for her service and sacrifice - and to all Native Americans who are serving, and have served, our nation in uniform."

Memorial funds created for Piestewa

Friends and family of Lori Piestewa have established a memorial fund for her 4-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter, who are being cared for by their grandparents in Tuba City. Those wishing to contribute to the fund, which will be used to raise the children and for their future educational needs, can send checks to "Lori Piestewa’s Memorial Fund" at Wells Fargo Bank Account #0464633783. For more information or questions please contact Dee Wilson at (928) 380-4647 or Dolly Lane at (928) 283-3012.
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Re: Squaw Peak to Piestewa Peak?

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The U.S. Board of Geographic Names also has a rule that requires a close association between a name and the person. Piestewa grew up on the Navajo Reservation hundreds of miles away from Phoenix, a board official said.
Thats a load of crap! If they can name a highway that goes directly through the territory of 55,000 Indians after Andrew Jackson (an area of which he has no ties to), there's no reason why this young lady shouldn't be honored by having a peak named after her!

And having anything labeled with the word squaw is sickening in the first place. Do you guys know what the direct translation of that word is (hint hint: a womans feminine area)?

Not only should this young lady (who died for this country) be honored, but the disrespect being shown towards the Native peoples (who have died for this country more than any other group of people) most definately needs to be slapped down imediately and without question!
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I was at the NAU pow wow last weekend when they honored her. Her family was there, I even have a few friends that are relatives of her, it was very very very sad. Her parents were holding up well though.
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Here in Phoenix there was a debate about this issue on one of the local radio stations (104.7), her cousin called in and made her point why it would be a good idea to rename it. I've read all the responses in the newspaper to why it SHOULDNT happen, I feel, if they think Squaw Peak, Squaw Peak freeway is in "honor" of us, they should listen to why we dont like the word and use Lori's name as a symbol of honor, if indeed the Squaw Peak name was created to honor Natives. It just IRKS me when I read all that stuff, it's like, some people just don't give a s**t about us, and it really shows. In my thinking, my perfect thinking LOL, everyone would feel the same way I do. LOL. But yeh I think its a great idea, I would back it up anytime.
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JiNgLe_MaMa I hear you loud and clear!

If there is one thing I am sick and tired of (well there's a long list actually but...) it's when people outside of our community tell us what WE need to feel honored about, then they dig in their heels to avoid the changes we ask for.

"I don't care how you feel. I'm doing this to honor you. You should thank me for it!" - typical wasicu politician
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Old 04-14-2003, 08:36 AM   #36
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Thousands remember Piestewa in memorial service

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Thousands remember Piestewa in memorial service
MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2003

A reported 5,000 people attended a memorial service on Saturday for Army private first class Lori Piestewa, the Hopi woman killed in action in Iraq.

The service was held in Tuba City, Arizona, a town on the Navajo Reservation. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano received a standing ovation when she said Squaw Peak should be renamed for Piestewa, 23, a single mother of two. She will push for a name change through the State Legislature after being rebuffed by a state official.

Piestewa was buried Saturday on the Hopi Reservation.

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5,000 attend Piestewa memorial (The Arizona Republic 4/13)
Video: Piestewa Memorial Service (12 News 4/13)
Paying their respects (The Arizona Daily Sun 4/13)
Honoring a fallen tribal warrior (The Casper Star-Tribune 4/14)
For Piestewa, Honors and a Flap (AP 4/13)
Governor still pushing Piestewa Peak (Capitol Media Services 4/12)


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Old 04-14-2003, 08:37 AM   #37
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More reaction to renaming peak for Piestewa
MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2003

Jesse L. Cuilty: "Unlike the name 'Squaw,' Piestewa Peak would bring great honor to the history of this land and its peoples, and a message that when people recognize their common humanity there will be no longer be a need for war."

Bill McCabe: "I'm trying to think of a time that I've seen a better idea written about on the editorial page of any paper. Renaming Squaw Peak as Piestewa Peak makes more sense than all the rest of the politically correct rhetoric that has been spouted over the years."

Bill McCullough: "How tawdry of The Republic to denigrate Lori Piestewa in pursuit of yet another of its liberal goals."

Christina Marshall: "By renaming Squaw Peak to honor Lori Piestewa, we can let her presence in the mountain speak to all of us about her bravery, sacrifice, and now her eternal peace."

Robert Moore: "I, like many non-Native Americans, have never seen what all the uproar was over this term. I now see that the word is indeed derogatory and belittling the honor of the Native American woman."

Valerie M. LittleChief: "I am an Native American Kiowa-Comanche woman. I have lived in Arizona for 20 years, and personally do not find the references to our landmarks as offensive. However, renaming "Squaw Peak" to "Piestewa Peak" would not only give great honor to Lori and the state of Arizona, but would extinguish the ongoing battle of this controversy."

Dan Sands: "Lori Piestewa deserves much more than to have the name of Squaw Peak changed to Piestewa Peak in her honor."

Get the Story:
Letter: Recognition of humanity (The Arizona Republic 4/14)
Letter: 'Piestewa Peak' is a superb idea (The Arizona Republic 4/12)
Letter: A crass bid by revisionists (The Arizona Republic 4/12)
Letter: An honor in Hopi tradition (The Arizona Republic 4/12)
Letter: A term I will not use again (The Arizona Republic 4/12)
Letter: Honor a hero, a win for us all (The Arizona Republic 4/12)
Letter: Piestawa deserves more (The Arizona Republic 4/12)
In our mailbag: 227 letters on Lori Piestewa and Iraqi War (The Arizona Republic 4/12)
Republic Message Board: Should we call it Piestewa Peak? (The Arizona Republic)


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Old 04-14-2003, 09:16 AM   #38
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awesome tribute!!! hopefully our government realizes& acknowledges the sacrifices/contributions we've made as indian people--and still we're just as proud to be american as anyone else in this country--try not to watch the "war" news 24/7 but saw a really nice piece about her the other night---RIP
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In the newspaper yesterday it said that Governer Napolitano is going to petition that the names be changed in honor of Lori, and that the current guy who is the head of that name change committee was asked to step down for not even giving it a chance. Wish I had my newspaper in front of me LOL... sound like a ignoramus. LOL. But anyways, that's the whole story in a nutshell. So anyways, I thought that was SUPER COOL. :Chatter :D Im always used to governers fighting us, not WITH us.
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Man, I wish we could rename some land marks, like Mt. Rushmore could be changed to "bunch of lame-azz, $%^&-heads".
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