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    "Piestewa Family"
    The children and parents of deceased soldier Lori Piestewa return from their vacation at Walt Disney World to see their new home in Flagstaff, Ariz.

    For those of you who don't know the story...

    Piestewa Family Surprised With New Home Courtesy of ABC Television's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Three Indian Nations

    - Special Season Finale Will Feature for the First Time Native American Family and Native American Sponsors on Emmy-Nominated Program

    TUBA CITY, Ariz., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Piestewa family was unable to contain their surprise and joy this morning when they heard ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host Ty Pennington's signature "Good Morning" wake up call from outside their home in Tuba City, Ariz. Pennington and the show's designers arrived at the Piestewas' front door at 7:30 this morning to reveal that they would be the recipients of a new home, marking the first time since the show's inception that a Native American family was selected.

    The Piestewa family is well known to many in Arizona and in the Native American community as Terry and Percy Piestewa, the parents of Army Spec. Lori Piestewa. Piestewa is believed to be the first Native American woman to die in combat while defending her country during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Inspired by the Piestewas' Hopi heritage, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition sought the help of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in their fundraising efforts to Indian Nations for support and sponsorship. It was through NCAI's outreach that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians from Southern California first learned of the needs and stepped in to assist with the project.

    "Our tribe strongly believes in the importance of community and helping our tribal brothers and sisters, and Extreme Makeover is all about building a better home and life for families in need," said Chairman Deron Marquez of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. "When we were approached by the show our tribe signed on immediately to make a donation to the Piestewa family's new home, because we have witnessed first-hand how building new homes and fostering strong communities can vastly improve the quality of life for Indian and non-Indian people alike."

    The Hopi and Navajo tribes from Arizona are co-sponsoring the project with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; marking the first time the show also has featured Native American sponsors. In light of this unique episode, special attention will be placed on important Native American-focused cultural elements in the development of the show's storyline and in the home's design and construction.

    Several Native American cultural activities unique to each of the three tribes have been tentatively scheduled throughout the week of production.

    Representatives from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe are expected to participate in these events.

    "It is tremendously gratifying that three diverse Native American tribes would come together to help achieve Lori Piestewa's dream to build a home for her children and her parents," said Hopi Tribal Chairman Wayne Taylor, Jr.

    In March 2003, Lori Piestewa's convoy was ambushed in the city of An-Nasiriyah -- the same ambush that led to the capture of Pfc. Jessica Lynch who was held for nine days. While serving together in combat, Lynch and Piestewa formed a close friendship. It was during this time that Lori spoke of her desire to someday build a home where her parents could retire.

    Recalling this conversation, it was Lynch who nominated Piestewa's parents for the home makeover. Since Lori's death, her parents have adopted her two small children, a son age 6 and a daughter age 5.

    "Lori was proud of her Hopi heritage and taught all those who knew her about the great riches of her culture. We knew that to ignore that culture in the show would be a great disservice to the Piestewa family and to Lori's memory," said Extreme Makeover: Home Edition producer Andy Lipson.

    "Recognizing the importance of their heritage, ABC and the Extreme Makeover designers are working with the three tribes to create a home that the family will love and that Lori would be proud of providing for her parents and children."

    Construction on the Piestewa family home begins immediately in Flagstaff, Ariz., while the family is away on a vacation sponsored by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

    About Extreme Makeover Home Edition

    Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. The series is executive-produced by Tom Forman. The show airs Sundays (8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET), on the ABC Television Network.

    About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

    Descendents of the Serrano Indians, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians inhabited a territory spanning the San Bernardino Mountains, valley and adjoining desert lands for centuries. Today, the tribe is located on the San Manuel Reservation near Highland, Calif. Like other tribal lands in the United States, the San Manuel Reservation is a sovereign nation with its own system of government and tribal laws. The tribe operates the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino and the San Manuel Bottled Water Group, in addition to managing a variety of economic ventures. A partner in the community, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians actively contributes to a variety of projects in neighboring areas. Nearby cities and towns receive support from the tribe in the way of monetary and bottled water donations for cultural, social, and economic projects to benefit the common good of the communities in which the tribe's members live and work.

    This is one show you shouldn't miss!!! 7:00pm
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  • #2
    Oh my! I'ma big ol nerd! I was cryin round my living room! My babies were looking at me all silly! It was an awesome season finale! That house was soooo beautiful and the family and community were soooo good! Good spirits! And that Native VFW in Tuba City! That was an awesome idea & with the ceremonial hall next to it! Geez! It was great.. see I'm still cryin 'round!
    "What goes around comes around. Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching. Sing like nobody's listening. Live like it's Heaven on Earth." Author-nknown


    • #3
      I was wathching it in one room crying and went in to see what hubby was wathchin and he was watching and crying too. Very Moving.
      90% Angel
      10% Lil Devil

      But I've been told it's the other way around!


      • #4
        good finale

        it wuz so nice seeing that sweet family getting what they needed. my parents & i sat there wiping tears away. it wuz a really awsome show, u could see ty & all tha other ppl really looked lyk they appreciated wut they were learning.


        • #5
          Good to know that I wasn't the only one wiping away tears! It was a very moving show they put together and it was pretty respectful in their cultural presentations. I wish the Piestewa Family all the best in their new home.
          "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~Dr. Seuss


          • #6
            I'm so glad I watched it. Great show, great house and great family.
   is what it is...


            • #7
              I was crying, too.....
              Almost everytime they showed a picture of her. Especially the one where she was in all of her gear in uniform and surrounded by her family. And her kids; the babies lost their mom. The way her little girl said "I miss mommy". It was one big kleenex fest in my apartment. Her son, you can tell he was trying to a stong little man, but he was wiping the tears away too. The way everybody came together and the way people are still going to be coming together for decades to come all because in her name. It's beautiful.
              Last edited by tsalagigirl; 05-23-2005, 11:13 AM.


              • #8
                Gosh....I'm getting teary eyed right now just reading your posts. I wish I was able to watch it...I was driving home from a powwow. dang....wish I had DVR!
                "Last night, I played a blank tape at full blast. The mime next door went nuts."
                -For nightvision like an owl, you'd need eyes the size of a grapefruit!-


                • #9
                  Good Show

                  I really enjoyed the show and it was moving too. Finally, someone did something for Native Americans in general and for the Native American Veteran's.


                  • #10
                    ABC will be showing the "How Did They Do That" version of the show tonight. It will probably have a few clips from last night on there.


                    • #11
                      We watched parts of this show, I'm happy for their family, and especially the veteran's center. My husband made a good point; how the heck is that family going to afford the upkeep on that huge house?


                      • #12
                        They provided solar and wind power for electricity which will cut down the electrical bills down to 1/3 they said. They dug a well for water.
                        Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear... just sing, sing a song.sigpic


                        • #13
                          yea that and $50,000......which they deserved so much...that was the best extreme makeover yet....had all us cryin too...
                          ~*iF u dOnT kNo BaBy nOw u kNo.....bOy i KaN dO tHaT*~


                          • #14
                            Then it was cool how that other lady brought all her stuff in a her blanket.


                            • #15
                              begs the last 10 minuets of this show is on tv now..go look if youre not watching it already


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