ABOUT THE GAMES The Fiesta Bowl Lori Piestewa National Native American Games was established in 2003 to honor the life of Lori Piestewa, a Hopi Warrior, American Solider, a daughter and a mother who was the first female Native American solider to die in combat. The games are the largest competitions of its kind. Each year more than 2,000 athletes and approximately 17,000 spectators come to Maricopa County to compete in the menu of six different sports.
TRIBAL DEMOGRAPHICS OVERVIEW There were 36 tribes registered in the 2017 Lori Piestewa Native American Games. The tribal demographics from the 2017 Piestewa games indicates that we registered more than 2,000 athletes with 50% of the participants from the Navajo tribe.
ECONOMIC IMPACT The Lori Piestewa National Native American Games ultimately provided Maricopa County numerous benefits, not the least of which is positive economic impact.
The 2017 Lori Piestewa National Native American Games generated a $8.9 million-dollar economic impact. This happened through tourism, recreational spending and the creation of part-time jobs.
Conservative estimates, 9,500 fans traveled to Maricopa County for the 2017 Lori Piestewa National Native American Games and their spending over 3 days translated the aforementioned economic impact. And, this does not include the indirect spending or "ripple effects” that always follows.
Finally, beyond the consumer spending, there is also the invaluable "media impact" that comes to Maricopa County through exposure of the county throughout extensive traditional media and online channels.
Note: information derived from the Eller Economic Study | National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) economic impact, executive summary.
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LORI'S LAST PICTURES!
Below are the last pictures that were taken of Lori Piestewa before deploying to Iraq. These pictures were taken on February 16, 2003 and just five weeks later Lori was killed in Iraq. The Lori Piestewa National Native Games were started in her honor in Tuba City, Arizona five (5) months after her death. We at ASEC are honored and grateful that Lori's family has entrusted us with her legacy. We will continue to educate generations to come about Lori, the sacrifices she made and provide the best possible sports tournament in the country.