LB - Northland Motorsports

Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Milestones | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | GrandCanyonTourGuide.com
Navajo-Hopi Observer | Flagstaff, Arizona

home : latest news : regional April 30, 2016


5/21/2013 10:31:00 AM
Navajo and Hopi Honor Riders make annual run honoring fallen soldiers
A Navajo Hopi Honor Rider stands with former Hopi Vice Chairman Phillip Quochytewa (right) who is also an officer with Hopi Lori Piestewa Post No. 80 chapter at the Hopi Tribal Court complex. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka Thayer
A Navajo Hopi Honor Rider stands with former Hopi Vice Chairman Phillip Quochytewa (right) who is also an officer with Hopi Lori Piestewa Post No. 80 chapter at the Hopi Tribal Court complex. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka Thayer
Riders prepare to take the road.
Riders prepare to take the road.
Rosanda Suetopka Thayer
The Observer

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - In 2002 Larry Noble, Bobby Martin and Lon and Lori Parker established the Navajo Hopi Honor Riders to honor the late Lori Ann Piestewa, the first Native American-Hispanic woman soldier to die in a foreign war. The Honor Riders have grown from 15 original bikers to more than 300 members.

This year's Honor Run took bikers, families and chase vehicles from Window Rock to Ganado, the Hopi Reservation, Dilkon, Birdsprings, Leupp and finally to Flagstaff for a sunset dinner at the home of Percy and Terry Piestewa, whose daughter inspired the original run.

Riders travelled to Cameron, Tuba City, Inscription House and Kayenta on the second day of the run.

After spending the night in Kayenta, the riders travelled to Beclabito, Shiprock, Red Valley, Lukachukai, Window Rock and a final stop at Chilchiltah Veterans Park to conclude the ride.

Co-founder Larry Begay headed up this year's Honor Run. Begay along with his wife Shelly, who serves as the NHHR webmaster and organizer, allowed original founder Larry Noble a chance to take a year off from organizing the riders on the 2013 run. Noble did participate in the run but chose to man one of the chase vehicles behind the riders.

One of the highlights of this year's run was Hopi Post No. 80 Lori Piestewa's crowning of a new 2013-14 Post Princess. Begay crowned Telisha Poleahla, from the Sun Forehead clan of Shungopavi and a sophomore at Hopi High School, at the Hopi Cultural Center on Second Mesa, where the honor riders took a ride break.

Begay removed the crown from former post princess Kelleigh Sewequaptewa and placed the Post 80 silver crown on the new princess in front of the riders, Hopi Veterans Center Director Geno Talas and his staff, Lori Piestewa Post Commander Alfred Lomahquahu and post officers. The Hopi veterans post princess honor comes with many year-long responsibilities, including student motivational speaking, volunteering for community service activities, fund- raising and attending local and state sponsored veterans events.

More information about the Navajo Hopi Honor Run escorts, activities and event dates is available from Larry Noble at (928) 313-2876, Bobby Martin at (928) 206-9548 or from the Honor Run Association at (928) 613-8809.






    Recently Commented     Most Viewed
Mapmaker continues quest to document indigenous cultures
New documentary focuses on Native American veterans on Navajo Nation
Letter to the editor: Where do children learn to speak fluent Navajo?
Delegate Edmund Yazzie continues work for Thoreau, N.M. clinic
Pirates of the Navajo Nation under attack


Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: Proud to be Native

Thank You to the Navajo Hopi Honor Riders for honoring our soldiers who have taken the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to the Veterans for defending our great country, the United States of America. God Bless you and your family.



Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. The email and phone info you provide will not be visible to the public. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to 1300 characters or less. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit your comment entries to five(5) per day.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Flagstaff, AZ
Click for weather forecast





Submission links
 •  Submit site feedback or questions

Find It Opinions Features Submit Extras Other Publications
Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Milestones | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | Site Map
LB - Northland Motorsports

© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Navajo-Hopi Observer is the information source for the Navajo and Hopi Nations and Winslow area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Navajo-Hopi Observer Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, nhonews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the site's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Navajo-Hopi Observer Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved