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Issue Date:  May 9, 2003


Janet Napolitano
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JANET NAPOLITANO, governor of Arizona, has announced that she will work to change the name of Squaw Peak, a Phoenix landmark, to Piestewa Peak, in honor of Lori Ann Piestewa, believed to be the first female American Indian killed in combat while serving in the U.S. military. Indian activists for years have tried to change the name, saying that “squaw” is an obscene term. Napolitano made her announcement at an April 13 memorial in Tuba City, Ariz., for Piestewa, a member of the Hopi nation who was killed in an Iraqi ambush March 23.

-- Demetria Martinez


CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS is planning to deliver $500,000 worth of medical supplies and food aid to Iraq, an aid agency official said. The shipment, which will contain enough medicine to treat 25,000 people and enough supplementary food for 10,000 malnourished children, was expected to be delivered to Baghdad, Iraq, by April 27, said Joe Carney, communications associate for the Middle East for Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services. CRS is part of the international confederation of charitable agencies that compose Caritas Internationalis.

ELLEN McCRACKEN, a professor of Spanish at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to write a book on the life and works of Franciscan Fr. Angelico Chavez. Chavez, an important Hispanic writer and intellectual, is well known in his native New Mexico for his contributions to painting, poetry, fiction, history and architectural renovation. McCracken called Chavez “one of the most important U.S. Latino intellectuals of the 20th century” and said her book “will enable his work to be taught more systematically at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.”

PRINCE EL HASSAN bin TALAL of Jordan received the Notre Dame Award for international humanitarian service, presented April 23 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Hassan, 56, served as political adviser and deputy to his older brother, King Hussein of Jordan, who reigned from 1952 until his death in 1999. A fluent speaker and writer in Arabic, English and French, Hassan is active internationally as an advocate of interreligious dialogue and study as a source of peaceful relations in the Middle East. Hassan is the author or co-author of several books, including A Study on Jerusalem and Palestinian Self-Determination.

National Catholic Reporter, May 9, 2003

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