Both Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr. and Hopi Tribal Chairman Wayne Taylor, Jr. were on hand to offer words of comfort and encouragement to their respective tribal members and the Tuba City community.
“Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to provide support as the President of the Navajo People,” Shirley said. “It is really good to come together as Natives for our sons and daughters. It is good to come together as one people, one prayer, one body of support. Tonight we come together as Navajo and Hopi people for Lori, but my own heart goes out to you, Priscilla and Terry, and Lori’s two small chldren. You are in my thoughts. This is a time we really need to be together as Native Americans, and tonight shows this is possible.”
“Kwa’kwai. I want to thank you for inviting me to this special community support gathering,” saidTaylor, “Tonight, we unite in solidarity and support for our young men and women in our Armed Forces. The Piestewa family has been doing remarkably well, but I believe it is not only because of their deep abiding faith, but most importantly because of the outpouring of support, love and encouragement that the Hopi and Navajo communities has provided them. We are all praying for Lori’s safe return and the safe return of all our relatives serving in the war.”
Yellow ribbons, flags and posters featuring Piestewa’s name can be seen all over Tuba City and Hopi communities.
When the larger media attention has died down, community members here will continue to support Piestewa’s family through their daily prayer sessions for peace and for Lori’s safe and immediate return to her reservation homeland.