Warm wishes to Pfc. Jessica Lynch

The Piestewa family would like to express our heartfelt joy as we watched Pfc. Jessica Lynch return to her home in Palestine, W.Va. We could not help but share in the moment with the rest of America as she took the podium and smiled beautifully at the elation of being home with her family.

We continue to pray and wish for a speedy recovery and rehabilitation for Jessica, and we hope that time and love can heal her pain. We are very proud of Jessica and her family, and we want her to know that we love her dearly.

This day is a miracle in the making, and we know our daughter, mother and sister Lori, is smiling from her place in heaven, at her best friend and sister as she celebrates her homecoming.

We love you.

See you soon, roomy.

The Piestewa Family

Tuba City, Ariz.

Very surprised at online poll results

I was surprised at the current results of your poll concerning if sovereignty was the primary concern with tribes. It should be, but over 50 percent voted no.

Maybe the results indicate how our peoples are becoming complacent with the idea of sovereignty and have become less sensitive to the issues affecting our sovereignty.

Each time the state governments dictate our school curriculum, and we adopt more public schools under jurisdiction of the states; each time we lose our water rights; each time supreme courts give states jurisdiction in dictating our gaming abilities; each time our leaders giver away more and more control in memorandum agreements with local, county and state police agencies; each day the U.S. is trimming away more and more of our sovereignty!

Why are we losing our sovereignty? Because of economic disparity!

Washington has set up Indian Country for failure with all of its legal rhetoric and its interpretations of sovereignty.

Bottom line, the U.S. does not want to lose its plenary powers over Indian Country. We are to be held in trust to be exploited later in the time line of economic prosperity and the pursuit of their happiness!

So if you’re taking this poll, make an educated response.

Peter June Corbell

Northern Arizona

University student

Flagstaff, Ariz.

Questions change in Bush’s e-mail

In a recent attempt to send an e-mail to the White House, I discovered that the system has recently been changed. It is now necessary to choose one of the listed topics (none of which seemed to have any relevance to my e-mail) and to state whether or not I support or oppose the Bush policy (the site does not state the policy). The site has multiple web pages and is almost impossible to navigate.

I can only assume that if I say I am opposed to any Bush policy, my e-mail will automatically be routed to the trash bin. Mr. Bush has figured out how avoid hearing from people who disagree with him.

It is predictable that future press releases will report that “no dissenting e-mails on any topic have been received by the White House; the public supports all of the administration’s policies.”

Next time I’ll try phoning.

Angela Bradshaw

Los Angeles, Calif.

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