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The first American woman killed in Iraq is Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa. She is American Indian and one of eight soldiers found during the rescue of POW Jessica Lynch, who was Lori's room mate at Ft. Bliss, El Paso , Texas. Lori was 23 years of age the mother of a four year old son and a three year old daughter. She lived in Tuba City, Arizona and was a member of the Hopi Nation. There are currently 56 Hopis serving in the Us military. 48 are in Iraq. Lori is believed to be the first American Indian woman ever to be killed in combat for the United States military. There is great sadness and pride in the land of her ancestors.
On the day that Lori's death was confirmed by the Army a light snow fell in Tuba City, her hometown. According to Hopi beliefs, the soul of a person who has led a good and honorable life returns to Hopi land in the form of precipitation. In Hopi, Piestewa is defined as the rainwater that collects on the desert floor after a heavy downpour.

Lori Piestewa came home that day

Creator, we ask that you will guide her journey .
Open to her your arms.and hold her in your heart.
The smoke from the sweetgrass floats high with the wings of
eagles to your eyes
seeking your blessings for this mother,
this child of your Creation,
this brave one.
Greet her with the words of a warrior
coming home


And.I dream of a gathering of eagles
where boundries
are broken
and gone.
where pain is no
longer forsaken
and all human
battles won.



Jessica Lynch, a 19-year-old Army private first class from Palestine, W. Va., was captured March 23 after her 507th Maintenance Company convoy was ambushed in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. She was rescued from a hospital in the city April 1 by U.S. commandos.During this rescue the bodies of eight American soldiers were found
One was Lori Piestewa
This is the tale of two privates. They were sisters-in-arms - two young women fighting for Uncle Sam. They were roommates at Fort Bliss military base in Texas; tent mates in the Gulf, and close friends at all places in between.
Lynch will come home to West Virginia on crutches, to the waving of American flags; Piestewa will return to the reservation in a coffin draped in an American flag

Friends and family of Lori Piestewa have established a memorial fund for her 4-year-old son, Brandon and 3-year-old daughter, Carla, who are being cared for by their grandparents in Tuba City. Those wishing to contribute to the fund, which will be used to raise the children and for their future educational needs, can send checks to"Lori Piestewa's Memorial Fund" at any Wells Fargo bank. The account has been set up under the auspices of the Hopi Nation.
Addresses for Wells Fargo can be found at
Click on the "Locations" link at
  Where to send flowers, cards and letters
for the family of Lori Piestewa
For cards and letters:
Percy Piestewa
P.O. Box 957
Tuba City, AZ 86045  
For flowers and other items:
In care of
Piestewa Family
Juniper Drive, No. 67
Tuba City, AZ 86045
Items can be sent via
United Parcel Service or FedEx.

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