HISTORY OF THE GAMES
ABOUT THE GAMES
The Lori Piestewa National Native American Games was established by Erik Widmark, Executive Director of the Grand Canyon State Games in 2003. The Games honor the life of Lori Piestewa, a Hopi Warrior, American Soldier, 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 3,500 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 2019 Lori Piestewa Native American Games. The tribal demographics from the 2019 Piestewa games indicates that we registered more than 3,500 athletes with 50% of the participants from the Navajo tribe.
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.