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2014-2015 WICHITA TRIBAL PRINCESS NAMED
Jolie Angel Herrera was crowned Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Wichita Tribal Annual Powwwow.
Joli Angel Herrera
Message from Joli-I am a sophomore at U.S. Grant High School/OKCPS. My parents are Hope and Cresenciano Herrera. Grandparents, Marilyn and Benjamin Tiger. Great-grandparents, Loraine Motah Burgess and Gillis Llewellyn Miller Sr. My great-grandfather was full-blooded Wichita and once held the sacred tobacco for our people. My Great-great Grand parents are Belle Caley and Houston Miller, who also held the tobacco for our people.
I am involved in many activities; N.A.S.S. Dance troupe, Miss ResoNative Youth Dance Troupe Princess, Ervhv Society (Little Sisters Society), Violin lessons at Granville School Of Music, Dance Classes at U.S. Grant High School; Corporal in the U.S. Grant MCJROTC Program, U.S. Grant MCJROTC Color Guard, And N.A.S.S.OKCPS all Native Color Guard. I also plan to be in the Marksmanship team for U.S. Grant MCJROTC. I also help give Fancy Shawl lessons at the Cultural Night for N.A.S.S. OKCPS JOM Program. I attend powwows all over OK, & sometimes out of state, throughout the year. As a member of OKCPS Dance Troupe I have been invited to dance at many special occasions in the past 6 years, representing my culture in many State & Metro functions. As a member of Ervhv Society I have volunteered at many native functions, such as concession stands, preparing Christmas goody bags for a local Native Church, serving the elders at many powwows, helping with OKCPS JOM indian taco fundraisers & cleaning up after various events. As Wichita Princess I would be more than happy to donate my time for tribal events.
I will do my best to represent and meet all expactations of being the 2014-2015 Wichita Tribal Princess. Suh-theets!
OUTGOING WICHITA PRINCESS CROWNED 2014-2015 AMERICAN INDIAN EXPOSITION PRINCESS
Congratulations to Sydney Prince the new American Indian Exposition Princess! This story was supposed to be tell about Sydney as she turns over the title to the new Wichita Princess and ends her term as Wichita Tribal Princess during the Wichita Annual Dance to be held August 14-17, 2014. Sydney's future holds something new for her where she can continue to represent our people. Twelve Princess from various Tribes competed for the 2014-2015 American Indian Exposition Princess title. Sydney won. This week she will turn over her title as Wichita Tribal Princess and embark on a new journey.
Sydney Morgan Prince, "acstikiro:khe?e" which means "she sing's pretty" represents the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes as the 2013-2014 Tribal Princess. She is also a descendant of the Apache, Caddo, and Delaware tribes.
She is the daughter of Jarrod and Shelly Prince of Anadarko and the sister of SPC Tyler Prince. He is currently stationed in Landstuhl, Germany with his family, wife Naomie (Paddlety) Prince and daughter Natalia. Sydney's paternal grandmother is LaDonna French of Gracemont and her paternal great-grandparents were the late Marlene (Standing) and Melvin Williams. Her maternal grandparents are Larry and Gala Griffitts of Anadarko.
Sydney has served the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes very well as the Wichita Tribal Princess. We would like to give recognition to her parents, Jarrod and and Shelly Griffiths Prince and the Wichita Tribal Director, Tara Tartsah, for their support to Sydney in her journey to winning this title. We wish her success as she takes this new journey as the 2014-2015 American Indian Exposition Princess. Congratulations Sydney, we know you will represent our Wichita people and the Expo well!
WICHITA TRIBE PURCHASES WRIGHT PROPERTY AT HINTON
On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, purchased several properties from Danny and Donna Wright of Hinton, Oklahoma. The deal includes 80 acres of land purchased by the Tribe. The Tribe also financed the Hinton Travel Inn hotel and approximately 60 acres of land on 5 tracts that include the hotel. More information will be provided in the upcoming newsletter and an upcoming council meeting to be held in late September. Members of the Wichita Executive Committee include: Terri Parton-President, Jesse E. Jones-Vice President, Myles Stephenson Jr.-Secretary, S. Robert White Jr.-Treasurer, Shirley Davilla-Committee Member, Gladys Walker-Committee Member and Karen Thompson-Committee Member.
Pictured: Terri Parton, President of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, Danny Wright and Donna Wright.
ARTS AND CRAFTS CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Wichita Cultural Education Program sponsored an Arts and Crafts Contest for enrolled Wichitas and Wichita descendants. Prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.
WICHITA TRIBAL GIFT SHOP SALE AND NEW ITEMS
The Wichita Tribal Gift Shop has new shirts available. The Gift Shop is also having a sale. Please click here for the sale item price list. Please visit the Gift Shop or contact Pamela Pogue at (405) 247-2425 ext. 134 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and prices on the new shirts.
The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes offered rides and free tribal ID's to try to encourage our people to come out and vote for the nine (9) proposed amendments to the Governing Resolution. Only 135 came out to vote. The majority voting, voted in favor of the amendments, however, 177 was needed to reach the 10% requirement in the Governing Resolution. There will be more information in the upcoming newsletter.
CHILDREN'S CLOTHING ASSISTANCE FOR FY-2014
The FY-2014 Children's Clothing Applicaitons are available for those children whose parent's/legal guardians turned in receipts for the assistance recieved in FY-2013. Applications recieved by July 18, 2014 will be distributed on July 25, 2014. Applications recieved after July 18, 2014 will follow the normal accounts payable process. Notices were mailed out on June 1, 2014. Additional guidelines apply and will be included in the notices.
WICHITA TRIBE APP NOW AVAILABLE FOR IPHONES