Lori Ann Piestawa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, was the first woman in the U.S. military killed in the Iraq War
Sinema-backed bipartisan resolution passed the U.S. Senate unanimously
WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s bipartisan resolution honoring the accomplishments of Native women – including Hopi Tribe Member Lori Ann Piestawa, who died in the Iraq War while serving in the U.S. Army – unanimously passed the U.S. Senate.
“Lori Ann Piestawa made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe, and our bipartisan resolution honors her bravery and service, as well as all of the exceptional contributions Native women continue to make for the United States and their communities,” said Sinema.
Lori Ann Piestawa, born in Tuba City and raised a Hopi on the Navajo Nation, was the first woman killed in the Iraq War. As a U.S. Army Soldier, Piestawa followed the footsteps of her father who served in the Vietnam War and her grandfather who served in World War II. Piestewa Peak in Phoenix is named in her honor.
The Sinema-backed bipartisan resolution directly recognizes and honors Piestawa and other American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women who helped shape the history of their communities, Tribes, and the United States. The resolution honors the contributions of Native women through military service, public service, business, education, science, medicine, literature, and fine arts.
Sinema was a proud supporter of Deb Haaland’s historic confirmation as U.S. Secretary of the Department of the Interior.
Click HERE to read the Sinema-backed bipartisan resolution honoring Piestawa and other Native women.