Memorial Day 2022

National Native American Veterans Memorial

This weekend the sacrifices made by our soldiers and veterans are especially real and poignant as we realize the terror and destruction of war happening in Ukraine.

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Terry Piestewa

A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call from Percy Piestewa to tell me that her husband, Terry, a Vietnam veteran, had passed on. Percy’s phone call meant so much to me. Terry and Percy welcomed me into their home when I was writing Soldier Sister, Fly Home, a middle-grade novel dedicated to their daughter Lori, the first Native American woman to die in combat on foreign soil. During our several visits we laughed together, cried together, talked story together. Both Terry and Percy have done so much to heal others, to create peace, and to bring people together.

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The hero who inspired my newest novel

Lori Piestewa

I’m excited to share the first news about my novel coming from Charlesbridge in the spring of 2016. Lori Piestewa, a member of the Hopi tribe, died while serving in…

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