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Osage Princess makes preparations to attend 81st American Indian Exposition

Osage Tribal Princess, Dora Jo Williams, is making preparations to attend the 81stAmerican Indian Exposition in Anadarko Aug. 8-11.

Williams, who is serving as OTP for a second time, will represent the Osage Nation as she attends the Expo in "Indian City."

Her family has organized an Indian Taco Fundraiser and Silent Auction July 19, to be held at Wakon Iron Hall in Pawhuska. It costs $7 for an Indian Taco, dessert and a drink, and the family will also be serving grape dumplings. All proceeds will go to assist Williams at the Expo.

The four-day Expo is a long-standing tradition for tribal princesses all over the state. Held in Anadarko, the Expo can sometimes host up to 20 tribal princesses. The tribal princesses hold fashion shows, pageants to showcase their culture and dinners to showcase their traditional food. It is a unique and special time for young women who are ambassadors for their tribes. 

Williams has been raised with traditional values and knowledge of the Osage culture, according to a prepared release. She speaks the Osage Language and has won awards at the Native American Youth Language Fair.

“She enjoys being the ambassador for her Tribe, because she gets to meet new people and make new friends,” said the release. Williams graduated from Pawhuska High School in May and plans to continue her education and be a positive role model for her younger brothers, sisters, family and friends.

Dora is the oldest of five children to Margie and John Jr. Williams. Her maternal grandparents are Otto and the late Sandra Hamilton, of Pawhuska. Paternal grandparents are Frances and John Williams of Fairfax.

Expo

Advance Grandstand admission bracelets for $10 can be purchased from any Tribal Director. The Osage Tribal Director is Angela Toineeta and she can be reached at (918) 885-2976. The bracelets are good for admission and parking on the east side of the grandstand throughout the Expo.

Kicking off the Expo will be a parade in downtown Anadarko at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8 and the closing parade will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. All participants are welcome.

The Southern Plains Indian Museum will host the Tribal Princess Fashion Show on Aug. 8 at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend and learn about the princess’s regalia and tribes.

The Expo will feature tribal presentations and dance contests at 8 p.m. at the Caddo County Fairgrounds.

For information about camping, contact Trecil Macias, Kiowa Tribal Director, at (580) 0357-1548 or Tom Morgan, Pawnee Tribal Director at (405) 826-8189. Vendors needing information about Arts and Crafts, contact Noel Gover, Otoe Tribal Director, at (405) 334-9193. Dancers wanting information about the dance contests should contact Gover as well.

Visit the Expo website at www.americanindianexposition.org for further updates.