Will Honor Hopi Indian Slain in Iraq
Event a Special Tribute by Seminole Tribe
by MARY WOZNIAK, email@example.com
Published by www.news-press.com
on November 6, 2003
parents of Spc. Lori Piestewa, a Hopi Indian and the first
servicewoman killed in the Iraq war, will speak at today’s
Veterans Day ceremony conducted by the Seminole Tribe of
GO • What: Veterans Day celebration of the Seminole Tribe of
Florida • When: 10 a.m. today • Where: Big Cypress
Entertainment Complex, Big Cypress Seminole Reservation; north
of I-75 near the Broward/Collier county line. Exit at mile
marker 49 and drive north about 15-20 minutes on Snake Road.
Travel time from Naples is about one hour. • Special guest:
Parents and children of Spc. Lori Piestewa, a Hopi Indian and
the first servicewoman killed in the Iraq war. • Cost: Free
• Information: Call (954) 966-6300
and Percy Piestewa will be special guests at the 10 a.m.
ceremony honoring their daughter, who was killed in March when
the 507th Maintenance Company was ambushed near Nasiriyah.
Jessica Lynch was captured by Iraqis in the same ambush. Lynch
was later rescued.
she returned to the United States, Lynch paid tribute to
Piestewa, 23, who she called “her best friend.”
son Brandon, 5, and daughter Carla, 3, will accompany their
grandparents at the annual Veterans Day Celebration at the Big
Cypress Entertainment Complex on the Big Cypress Seminole
Reservation, near the Broward County/Collier County line.
parents are visiting a number of Native American tribes by
invitation, said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for the Seminole
of all, we are proud of our Native Americans that go overseas
and fight for our country,” said Seminole Tribe Chairman
Mitchell Cypress. “This was the Native Americans’ country to
event is partly to educate non-Native Americans about the part
that Native Americans played in serving in various U.S.
conflicts from World War I to the Iraqi war, Cypress said.
people ask him, “‘Why do you join the military forces when
you never signed a peace treaty?’” Cypress said. The concept
of freedom must continue, so tribal members volunteer, he said.
the Seminole Tribe’s special tribute to Piestewa’s family,
to honor their loss, Cypress said.
all know what it is to lose something,” added Stephen Bowers,
a Vietnam War veteran and a Seminole. “It is always part of
our duties, whether male or female, to serve your nation.”
ceremony will also include essay readings from Seminole students
of the Ahfachkee School. All Seminole veterans and guest
veterans will be recognized at the ceremony.