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Osages Michaela White and Erica Moore will be crowned this evening at both the 43rd Annual Kihekah Steh Powwow and the 60th Annual Tulsa Powwows to serve as princesses for one year.

Both women receive their titles from fellow Osages Jennifer Brumley and Robynn Rulo. Brumley, the outgoing princess for Kihekah Steh, will crown White. Rulo, the outgoing princess for Tulsa, will crown Moore.

White is the  daughter of Jeanna Red Eagle and Chris White of Pawhuska. Her maternal grandparents are Eddy and Mattie Red Eagle of Barnsdall. She has three sisters, Celena, Rachel and Madalyn. Michaela is Osage, Loyal Shawnee and Delaware and will be a sophomore this fall at Haskell Indian Nations University.

“It is pretty cool that I get to pass the title to another Osage,” Rulo said. “I think Erica is a really good person to hold the title.”

Princesses for Kihekah Steh are traditionally Osage, whereas princesses for Tulsa can be represented by a young woman from any tribe. The Tulsa Powwow and the Tulsa Indian Club, Inc., hosted a reception on Wednesday, July 25 in Jenks to honor Rulo and introduce Moore.

The event included dinner, live entertainment and presentations from Rulo and Moore.

“It feels really good to be able to represent the Osage Nation,” Moore said. “I am really excited and looking forward to what is ahead of me.”

Moore, 19, is a 2011 graduate from Woodland High School in Fairfax. Moore was the 2010-2011 Standing Bear Pow wow Princess and the 2009-2010 Osage Tribal Princess with her twin sister Elizabeth Moore.

She is a sophomore at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa and is studying digital media animation and design. She plans to graduate in 2013 and transfer to a four-year university where she wants to get a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

Her parents are Terry Mason Moore and Ted Moore, Jr. Her grandparents are Thomasine Moore, Ted Moore, Sr., Joseph Mason and Bonnie Mason.

Rulo, 18, and Moore have been friends for four years and travel to different powwows together.

“I think Erica will represent the (Tulsa Powwow) organization and her family well as the 2012-2013 Tulsa Powwow Princess,” Rulo said. 

Rulo admits she is sad to be giving up the title and her position at the front of the line for grand entry but she fully supports Moore and couldn’t be happier for her.

The 60th annual Tulsa Powwow is being held at the SpiritBank Event Center in south Tulsa. The SpiritBank Event Center is at South Memorial Drive and 105th Street south of the Creek Turnpike. For more information visit: www.tulsapowwow.org.

The 43rd annual Kihekah Steh Powwow is being held outside of Skiatook. Admission and parking is free. For more information, contact Donna Phillips at dkphillips2002@gmail.com or (918) 396-3736; (918) 637-4241.

Directions to Kihekah Steh: Go west from Skiatook on State Highway 20 to North 52nd W. Avenue (Javine Hill Road) then turn north for 4.7 miles, turn west on 193rd Street to dance grounds.

Stories and photos from both the Kihekah Steh Powwow and Tulsa Powwows will be available next week on Osagenews.org.