Ada — “I am 47/64 Chickasaw/Choctaw. My late grandparents are Rev. Lee (4/4 Chickasaw/Choctaw) and Mildren Bohanon Burris (7/8 Chickasaw/Choctaw) and Jack and Elsie Keel Seawright (4/4 Chickasaw). My great-grandfather Noah Burris was 4/4 Chickasaw as was my great-grandfather Archison Keel.
“I am currently the 2013 All Nations Pow-Wow of Ada Princess and have held this title for two years. I have had the privilege and experience to travel and attend many events as Princess. Holding this title has helped me to gain public relation skills which I utilize in every area of my life and I have had much fun in representing our committee,” she said in the profile.
“As Chickasaw Junior Princess, I will be an ambassador for our unconquered and unconquerable Chikasha people. Wearing this crown and being recognized as Junior Miss will be a great honor and I will enjoy every minute of immersing with our people, culture and traditions. I’ve had the pleasure of participating in various Chickasaw organizations and greatly cherish the friendships and opportunities I’ve made while learning about our tribe.
“Being Junior Miss will enable me to increase my knowledge of our history, from our removal from Mississippi to our ever-advancing innovations in our tribe. There are always new camps and programs that give me and other youth the opportunity to discover our talents and I enjoy these times of sharpening my skills,” she stated.
“As Junior Miss, I will encourage our youth to be actively involved in our tribe, whether it’s being in Apihchi Ikbi, CSSA or going to the Halloween lock-in. I am grateful to be a member in many organizations because I’m given the tools to experience different areas and this has helped me as a young artist.
“I plan to attend college as an art major and I love to draw and write. I’ve entered my artwork in several contests such as the Native American Language Fair, the Dynamic Women of the Chickasaw Nation Conference and Forum, Chickasaw Southeastern Art Show and Market and 2013 Red Earth youth art competitions. Two of my illustrations are published in the upcoming Footprints Still Whispering in the Wind (Chickasaw Press) and I was recently invited as one of seven youth Chickasaw artists to assist artist Brent Greenwood on a “Chikasha Yanush” project. “As a 2011 CSSA student, I wrote a poem Heart of a Dancer and this was published in the world-wide magazine The Cumberland Presbyterian. I am grateful to the Chickasaw Nation for allowing me these opportunities to enhance and showcase my art.