Monday, February 12, 2007

Former Iraq War POW Jessica Lynch Names Baby After Fallen Comrade

Former Iraq war POW Jessica Lynch has named her newborn girl in honor of Army Specialist Lori Piestewa, a Native American Hopi tribal member from Tuba City, Arizona. Piestewa, who was the first female American soldier to die in Iraq, served with Lynch in the 507th Maintenance Company. Piestewa died and Lynch was captured when their unit was ambushed in March, 2003, near Nasiriyah in Iraq. Lynch and her boyfriend, Wes Robinson, named their daughter Ann (Lori's middle name), and Dakota (which can mean "friend" or "ally.") Ann Dakota Robinson weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces at birth. Lynch is now a sophomore in university.

Native American words are often used to name places and people now. For an example list of places in the United States named after such words, see Native American Names in the U.S.

Also see Free Spirit Gallery for Native American Art.

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