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9 thoughts on “2022 Dog Bite Fatality: Person Killed by Pack of Dogs on the Hopi Reservation in the Village of Hotevilla, Arizona

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  1. Perhaps DBO commenters will want to write the Hopi Nation’s Tribal Chairman about the passage of a new ordinance for greater enforcement of dog ownership responsibility and criminal charges for certain dog owners. As Colleen has analyzed here.

    Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma
    Hopi Reservation
    [email protected]

    The Tribal Chairman would probably appreciate if we also reached out to thank the tribe for Lori Ann Piestewa’s service to our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

    Lori Ann was a U.S. Army POW in Iraq and was good friends with Jessica Lynch, also a POW.
    Lori Ann died March 23, 2003 at age 23. She left behind her daughter and son.

    “A member of the Hopi tribe, Piestewa was the first Native American woman to die in combat while serving in the U.S. military.”

    She was also “the first woman in the U.S. military killed in the Iraq War.

    “Piestewa was a member of the Hopi Tribe, whose reservation is surrounded by the Navajo Reservation.” “Arizona’s Piestewa Peak is named in her honor.”

    “Her death led to a rare joint prayer gathering between members of the Hopi and Navajo tribes, which have had a centuries-old rivalry.”

  2. This Indian reservation really confuse me.anyways if these dog mauling keep happening over there why don’t they do something about it or they don’t have the power to do so .where are all the dogs coming from the reservation itself or somewhere far away.

    • It’s a difficult problem…The reservations lack animal control resources, and, as in this case, roaming dogs are part of their culture. There are many stories about dogs being dumped on reservations, but I have never seen adequate proof of this, not proof that would outweigh the inherent (occurring from within) problem of the free-ranging dog population on reservations. A 1986 study of dog bites on the Navajo Nation is probably interchangeable with present day, but the bite rates could be higher! In 1983, bite rates were 586 per 100,000 and in 1981, 691 per 100,000. The average in a US southern county today, (Harris County, TX), is 88 per 100,00 (looking at actual bite reports in both examples, not ED visits or hospitalizations). So bite report rates are at least 7 times higher on the Nation. It’s a guessing game, however, given the dearth of studies since 1986…

  3. Colleen….I think I may have forgotten your 15-yr anniversary in serving our country in this courageous endeavor to help others who undergo a life-changing event of a pitbull attack as did you. We so appreciate your work on our nation’s security and the comprehensive analysis you provide.

    Thank you for your service to our country….and the world! You deserve the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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