Honoring Native Women Warriors
The name, “Piestewa,” is well known in the State of Arizona. Piestewa Peak towers over the Valley of the Sun, Piestewa Freeway makes it quick to get from Downtown to North Phoenix, and thousands participate annually in the Piestewa National Native American Games. All of these honor Specialist Lori Piestewa, a member of the US Army’s 507th Maintenance Company and the first Native American woman in US history to be killed in combat. In March 2003, then PFC Piestewa, a proud member of the Hopi Tribe from Northeastern Arizona, was in a convoy traveling through Iraq when it was ambushed. She evaded enemy fire until her Humvee was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, however, her evasive efforts saved the lives of her fellow soldiers.