Arizona Indian Gaming Tribes Honor Lori Piestewa

17 Tribes Contribute to Memorial Fund

Apr 21, 2003, 01:00 ET from Arizona Indian Gaming Association

    PHOENIX, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Arizona Indian Gaming Association
 (AIGA) is contributing $5,000 to honor the sacrifice of Lori Piestewa, the
 first U.S. female soldier killed in the Iraq war.  The contribution has been
 sent to the memorial fund created by the Hopi Tribe for Piestewa's two
     "The leadership of AIGA wanted to express our deep appreciation to Lori
 Piestewa for her service to our country.  They also wanted to provide some
 financial support for her children," said David LaSarte, executive director of
 AIGA.  LaSarte added that Piestewa's service to her country is not unique for
 Indian people.  Historically, according to the Department of Defense, American
 Indians have the highest record of service per capita compared to any other
 ethnic group.
     Piestewa's 507th Army Maintenance Company was ambushed March 23 near
 Nasiriyah, Iraq.  She was one of 11 soldiers listed as "missing in action" for
 almost two weeks.  On April 4, the Pentagon confirmed her death.
     AIGA represents 17 Arizona Indian tribes.  Members include the Ak-Chin
 Indian Community, Cocopah Tribe, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fort Mojave
 Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, Havasupai Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab-
 Paiute Tribe, Navajo Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Quechan Indian Tribe, Salt
 River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tohono O'odham
 Nation, Tonto Apache Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe and the Yavapai-Apache
     Quechan Tribal Chairman, Mike Jackson, who served as an adviser with an
 elite Army military command center during the Viet Nam war, is AIGA President.
 For more information, contact David LaSarte at AIGA, (602) 258-4822.

SOURCE Arizona Indian Gaming Association