Federal board to vote on Piestewa Peak

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names is expected to vote on renaming Squaw Peak for Lori Piestewa, the Hopi woman who was killed in action in Iraq.

The state already changed the name to Piestewa Peak but the U.S. board has rule that it must wait five years after a person's death. Piestewa died on March 23, 2003.

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, which represents 20 tribes, supports the name. So does Piestewa's family.

"I just want people to realize it's not just a place for Lori; it's for all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice," Piestewa's mother, Priscilla, told The Arizona Republic. "Just hearing from other parents who lost someone in the war, they can feel the presence of their kids."

The board is part of the Interior Department.

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Will feds retire old name, pick 'Piestewa Peak'? (The Arizona Republic 3/31)

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