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honors not only Lori, but all the
veterans who have sacrificed so
much, " says Percy. " From the
very beginning, my husband Terry
- who passed away almost five
years ago - and I have insisted
that the renaming of the mountain
stands for all our heroes. "
Due to the large Native American
population in Arizona, it was
important for the city to acknowledge
that it was offensive to have a
major landmark with a derogatory
name. Further, City of Phoenix
Parks and Recreation Department
honored local Native American
tribes with a land acknowledgement
statement:
" The Parks and Recreation Department
acknowledges the City of Phoenix
is located within the homeland of the
O'Odham and Piipaash peoples and
their ancestors, who have inhabited
this landscape from time immemorial
to present day. The landscape is sacred
and reflects cultural values central to
the O'Odham and Piipaash way of life
and their self-definition. This acknowledgment
demonstrates our commitment
to work in partnership with the Ancestral
Indigenous Communities to foster
understanding, appreciation and respect
for this heritage.
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian
Community (SRP-MIC) and the
Gila River Indian Community (GRIC)
claim aboriginal title (Original Indian
Title) to lands exclusively used and occupied
by the Akimel O'Odham and
Piipaash equaling
3,751,000
acres
of South-Central Arizona. Ancestral
O'Odham settlements are located
throughout the entirety of present-day
Phoenix. This land continues to be spiritually
connected to the O'Odham of
the SRP-MIC and the GRIC, both of
which are confederations of two unique
cultures with their own languages, customs,
cultures, religions and histories.
Both the O'Odham and the Piipaash
Since Piestewa's death, City
of Phoenix has hosted the
annual Piestewa Fallen Heroes
Sunrise Memorial event to honor
Piestewa's sacrifice.
are oral history cultures, and the song
cultures of these people are specifically
tied to tangible places. These places
can be natural landforms like the
mountains that surround our valleys,
but they also include archaeological
sites because they are part of a cultural
landscape associated with specific
historic, cultural and religious values.
Those places are tangible reminders
to the O'Odham and Piipaash about
shared attitudes, goals and practices
that characterize who they are, where
they belong and how they related to
each other in the past, continuing today
and into the future. The Parks and Recreation
Department has preserved and
continues to steward several Ancestral
O'Odham sites and landscapes, and is
committed to honor the vital meaning
and intent of this land acknowledgment
statement. "
A Dedication for
Fallen Heroes
Due to the annual memorial for
Private Piestewa being placed on
hold in 2020 and 2021 because of
COVID-19, Cynthia Aguilar,
director
of City of Phoenix Parks
and Recreation, knew the Piestewa
family should be involved when it
came time to dedicate the Ocotillo
Ramada at Piestewa Peak in the
fall of 2021.
The dedication included the unveiling
of award-winning updates
to Piestewa Peak's Ocotillo Trailhead,
where more than 77,000
square feet of improvements were
made, including new trailhead access,
Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA)-accessible
restrooms,
parking and drinking fountains.
The project was funded by the voterapproved
Phoenix Parks and Preserve
Initiative.
" Recognizing that this place is
not like a typical park, and that
there's a lot of history involved
here, we really wanted to do something
that included the Piestewa
family when we reopened [Piestewa
Peak], " says Aguilar. " We just
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