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Sydney Prince, Miss Indian Oklahoma
Durant, OK - May 6, 2016 was an exciting day for Anadarko native Sydney Prince. The former Miss American Indian Exposition and Wichita Tribal Princess was crowned Miss Indian Oklahoma. The competition spanned 2 days and during that time she participated in tribal greetings, description of her regalia, a platform speech, talent portion and judge panel review. While competing in the talent portion, Miss Prince sang "Amazing Grace" in her native tongue of Wichita. Sydney received additional awards at the competition of Miss Congeniality and Best Tribal Greeting.
Miss Prince is a graduate of Anadarko High School, where she was the valedictorian. She is the daughter of Shelly Griffits and Jarrod Prince. She is a tribal member of Wichita and Affiliated tribes and has Apache, Caddo and Delaware heritage. She is currently a student at Redland's Community College and is serving as President of the Redlands Native American Student Organization.
The competition is put on by the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women (OFIW). Their purpose is "to create a bond of friendship among the members…and to develop ways of depicting the Indian woman as taking her place in the world of today." Not only do they have two title competitions but also an arts and crafts showcase and a youth conference.
Miss Prince decided to run for Miss Indian Oklahoma because of a desire to represent Native American girls and give them a positive role model. She has a strong desire to bring attention to the high rate of suicide in the Native American population. Her speech was directed at this topic and the devastating effect it has had on her local community. She says of the honor, "It's a prestigious award and an opportunity that most Native American girls do not have." She is proud to represent the OFIW at powwows and other events hosted by tribal bodies. Her title will run until 2017.
BY Tishina Mindemann
Wichita Historical Center-TRO Vacated
The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes was issued a Temporary Restraining Order last week in regards to the Wichita History Center that is being constructed on highway 281. Below is a except from the order today vacating the temporary restraining order. -Terri Parton, President
"Based on the record before it, the court concludes that the Wichita Tribe fulfilled its consultation responsibilities under NHPA. Plaintiff did not meet its burden of showing a violation of the Act.
Having concluded that plaintiff failed to demonstrate it is likely to succeed on the merits of its claim that defendants violated the APA by their noncompliance with NEPA or NHPA, the court vacates the TRO previously entered and DENIES plaintiff's motion for TRO [Doc. #3].17
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 31st day of May, 2016."
Construction began again on the grasshouses on June 1, 2016. Photos of ongoing construction can be seen by following the link below.
TAG OFFICE TIME CHANGES
BEGINNING IN JUNE 2016, THE WICHITA TAG OFFICE AND TAX COMMISSION WILL BE CLOSED
THE 1ST AND 3RD MONDAY FROM 8 AM- 1PM. TAGS WILL NOT BE ISSUED DURING THIS TIME.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING DAYS THE TAG OFFICE WILL BE OPEN FROM 1 PM-4:30 PM ONLY:
JUNE 6TH & JUNE 20TH
JULY 5TH & JULY 18
AUGUST 1ST & 15TH
SEPTEMBER 6TH & SEPTEMBER 19TH
OCTOBER 3RD & OCTOBER 17TH
NOVEMBER 7TH & NOVEMBER 21ST
DECEMBER 5TH & DECEMBER 19TH.
THIS WILL ALLOW THE TAX COMMISSION OFFICE/TAG OFFICE TO COMPLETE OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CALL 405-247-8643 OR 405-247-8668.