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P&R MONTH
This year's Park and Recreation
Month theme, " We Rise Up for
Parks and Recreation, " brings
attention to how important it
is
to rise up and support our field,
because every day, park and recreation
professionals rise up for their
communities in service of equity,
climate-readiness, and overall
health and well-being. And, our
month-long celebration kicks off
by highlighting the winner of our
annual Park and Recreation Month
Cover Contest.
Our July cover photo was taken
during the tribal dedication of the
Ocotillo Ramada at Piestewa Peak
in
Phoenix. Formerly known as
" Squaw Peak, " the derogatory name
was changed in honor of U.S. Army
Private Lori Piestewa, who lost her
life at the age of 23 during the Iraq
War in 2003 - the same attack that
injured Jessica Lynch and killed
other service members. Piestewa, a
member of the Hopi Tribe, was the
first Native American woman to lose
her life in overseas combat while
serving in the U.S. military.
Since Piestewa's death, City of
Phoenix has hosted the annual Piestewa
Fallen Heroes Sunrise Memorial
event to honor Piestewa's
sacrifice, as well as the sacrifices of
other fallen heroes. However, due
to
the
coronavirus (COVID-19)
pandemic, the memorial event was
put on hold in 2020. During the fall
of 2021, Piestewa's family was finally
able to gather again in person
to honor her with the dedication of
the newly-renovated Ocotillo Ramada.
U.S.
Army Private
Lori Piestewa
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Who Was Lori Piestewa?
Piestewa was the youngest of four
children and very quiet as a child,
but also very outgoing. Although
they may seem like conflicting
traits, these attributes manifested
as her being a person who constantly
wanted to help others, but
never wanted the recognition that
came along with it.
" She was always helping.
Whether it was her friend or somebody
who was having some kind of
crisis, she was always there to help
somebody out, " says Percy Piestewa,
Lori's mother. " Even the way
she perished; she was helping her
friend Jessica [Lynch]. That's just
who Lori was. "
She also was a very active - and
tough - kid. She was a commander
in the Reserve Officers' Training
Corps (ROTC) and on the ROTC
fitness team for four years in high
school. She also was a talented
softball player. Her mother recalls
one time when she dislocated her
shoulder and continued to compete
in a fitness event the next day:
" She threw her shoulder out at a
softball game on Friday, and then
after the game we had to travel to
Las Vegas for her physical fitness
competition. We iced her arm every
hour - we'd ice it, then the
next hour we could eat, then we'd
ice it again. A doctor had to pop
her shoulder back in place, and she
still competed the next day as a top
athlete for the ROTC, " says Percy.
Piestewa
loved
her
children,
Brandon Whiterock and Carla Piestewa,
as well. When she decided
to enlist in the military, Percy
and her husband, Terry, took care
of the children, and some of their
fondest memories are of visiting
her at Fort Bliss in North Carolina
every other week to enjoy time
with her and Lynch before they deployed.
And while Whiterock was
only 4 years old when his mother
passed away, he still remembers
how caring she was and how she
was always there for him.
" Everything I remember is just
from being small, being raised in
North Carolina for a couple of
years, but she was always very, very
caring and always there to take care
of us, " says Whiterock. " Especially
when my sister came into the
picture, you'd think me being the
oldest that I would get shut out a
little bit, because you have a baby
sister who is like identical to my
mom and super cute. But no, she
showed the exact same love. She
just showed us so much love. "
What's in a Name?
After Private Piestewa's death in
2003, Janet Napolitano, the former
Governor of Arizona, called for
the renaming of Squaw Peak, due
to " squaw " being a racist, misogynistic
and derogatory term that is
offensive to Native Americans, specifically
Native American women.
In April 2003, the Arizona State
Board on Geographic and Historic
Names voted 5-1 in favor of changing
the name to Piestewa Peak, in
honor of Lori Piestewa.
" It's like a jewel in the middle
of a large metropolitan area.
I'm very humble, but proud that
the name of this great mountain
PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF PHOENIX

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