Much speculation has been attached lately to Natives enlisting in the Armed Services, but extended members of the Piestewa family have noted that Lori did so to provide a positive example for her children, as a service to her own community and a way to receive education and a marketable job skill.
Piestewa’s mother, Priscilla, who is known as “Percy” or “Pie” locally, said that to her, “Lori has become like an angel. An angel that has brought us all closer together, our two tribes together because of all this.”
Piestewa’s older brother Wayland has been given the additional responsibility of family spokesman on top of dealing with this crisis. He spoke for the family with eloquence and dignity.
“First, I want to thank you all for your prayers, anf for all the love you have shown our family in the past few days. Secondly, today I am not just proud to be from Tuba City or to have graduated from Tuba City High, though I am extremely proud of both. Tonight I am proud to be a part of the human race.
“In the past four days we have prayed non-stop and today we prayed even harder. And it’s not just because of Lori – the Piestewa family is not in this situation by themselves – there are others who need our help,” Piestewa continued. “So tonight we ask for your help in praying not just for us, but these others. We ask that you pray for all our young men and women around the world to ensure that freedom lasts.”