Hopi Tribe to honor Piestewa in official ceremony
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The following is a press release from the Hopi Tribe of Arizona.

Kykotsmovi, Hopi Reservation, Ariz. — The Hopi Tribe in collaboration with the American Legion Hopi Post #80, the Hopi Veteran’s Services, and the Office of the Chairman will host a memorial service to celebrate and honor the contribution and life of Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa at the Hopi Veterans Memorial Center located in the village of Kykotsmovi on Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 1 p.m. MST.

The service to honor Lori Ann Piestewa, Qotsa-hon-mana (White Bear Girl), was scheduled for this time period as a show of respect to the Piestewa family to complete the customary Hopi burial.

The official Hopi Memorial Service will be held on behalf of the Hopi people in remembrance and respect of Lori Ann Piestewa.

"Having this memorial to honor and pay tribute to Lori Ann will provide the Hopi community with the opportunity to come together, and now that Lori is home and has been laid to rest we as a community can respectfully assemble to remember and celebrate her instead of mourning her passing," said Chairman Wayne Taylor.

The Hopi Veterans Memorial Center is located approximately three miles east of Kykotsmovi village on Highway 264.

Piestewa was a member of the 507th Maintenance Company at Fort Bliss, Texas that was ambushed on March 23. Her two children; Brandon, 4 and Carla 3, her parents and three siblings survive her.

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