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Alaina Maker selected as 2018 Osage Nation Princess

Photo Caption: Outgoing ON Princess Jasmine Phetsacksith crowns Alaina Maker as the new 2018 Osage Nation Princess on June 5. 


Joining a long line of Osage princesses, Alaina Maker was both humbled and grateful when she was chosen to be the 2018 Osage Nation Princess.

“Before selecting the new Osage princess I looked for someone who was respectful, someone who knew their language and loved their people. Lanie had all those qualities,” said Chalene “Chay” Toehay-Tartsah, Osage Nation Princess Director. “She was very excited when I asked her. I know that she will do an outstanding job as the new ambassador for the nation. Lanie shows me that she has leadership skills. I know that she will inspire other young women.” 

“After I asked her to be the new princess her response, with a big sigh, was ‘I've always wanted this. Thank you,’ and then she gave me a hug.” 

Maker was crowned as the new Osage Nation Princess on June 5 at the Osage Nation Civic Center, surrounded by friends, family and past Osage princesses. Toehay-Tartsah and Maker's family hosted the dinner which served chicken and dumplings, corn soup, frybread, green beans, steam fry, grape dumplings and salad, which was made by Tonya, Ema, and Michelle RedCorn. A cake was served to the attendees by the youth in attendance and past Osage Princess Jerri Jean Branstetter had the honor of cutting the cake. Assistant Principal Chief Raymond Red Corn placed Maker's princess banner on her for the first time and Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear made remarks and said the prayer for the meal. Outgoing Osage Nation Princess Jasmine Phetsacksith crowned Maker.

“I just want to express my gratitude; I ran for this twice, so, now to be here in the moment and I’m Osage Princess, it’s just so overwhelming,” she said. “I would like to thank you all for your love and support and everyone that’s expressed kind words to me ... Thank You, Chay, for this opportunity and thank you, everybody, for coming here. You could have been anywhere tonight, and you wanted to be here with me, thank you so much ... Way-We-Nah.”

Maker’s Osage name means Wet Moccasins. She is a member of the Wazhazhe Youth Council and the current President. She is from the Hominy District and she is Deer Clan. Her Osage families are the Maker, Morrell, and Lookout families. She is the daughter of Anita Eaves Maker and the late Leonard Maker. Her maternal grandparents are the late Wilbur “Tommy” Eaves of Pawnee and the late Dora “Armeda” Lookout Eaves. Her paternal grandparents are the late Leonard R. Maker and the late Katherine Morrell Maker.

She graduated from Pawhuska High School in 2012. In 2013 she attended the University of Oklahoma before returning home after her father passed away to step in as a provider for her family. She currently works in the Osage Language Department, as both a teacher and curriculum developer. She has plans to return to school and obtain her degree, but she is very grateful for the time she has spent at home learning more of the Osage language and her Osage traditions.

She said she grew up in a traditional Osage family and from a very young age her father and mother instilled Osage values for her life.


The first Osage Tribal Princess was Margaret Luttrell Gray, who served in 1941. Since 1941, an Osage Princess has represented the Osage Nation every year at the week-long American Indian Exposition, held every year in August in Anadarko, Okla. The Osage Nation Princess will join other tribal princesses from more than 10 different tribal nations at the Exposition. They participate in banquets, fashion shows, they are featured in parades, pageants, and are asked to give speeches about their tribal nations at various events.

Once the princess has served for a year, she becomes a member of the Osage Tribal Princess Sorority for life. She receives a shawl with her name and year of reign. The OTPS currently has more than 15 active members and they hold an annual honor dance.

“Many of our young Native women look up to their tribal princess,” Toehay-Tartsah said. “It’s a big honor.”


Former Osage Tribal Princesses:

1941 Margaret Luttrell Gray (deceased)

1947-48 Louise Shangreau (deceased)

1949-50 Mildred Bear Lunsford

1951-53 Thomasine Green Moore (deceased)

1953-54 Fannie Mae Beartrack Donelson

1955-59 Anita Lookout West (deceased)

1960 Kathryn Redcorn

1961 Beverly Wamego Brownfield

1962 Jerri Jean Barnes Branstetter

1963 RoseMary Shaw

1964 LeeAnn Yarbrough Ammons

1965 Kathy Roberts (deceased)

1966 Linda Maker Long

1967 Jan Nell Robinson Jacobs

1968-69 Mary Barnes Monetachi

1970 Alice Jake (deceased)

1971 Mary F. Hopper

1972 Patricia Barnes Pratt

1973 Renae Brumley

1974 Anita Eaves Maker

1975 Susan Shannon

1976 Julie Brave Standing Bear

1977 Tammy Fugate Baldauff

1978 Billie Carol Jones

1979 Carolyn Shannon (deceased)

1980 Tracey Moore

1981 Angela Satepauhoodle Toineeta

1982 Meg Standingbear Jennings

1983 Tracey Moore

1984 Margaret Shannon Sisk

1985-86 Olivia Gann Gray

1987 Jodie Revard

1988 Trish Alley

1989 Asa Cunningham

1990 Danita Corneilson Goodwill

1991 Danene Lane (deceased)

1992 Joyce Oberly

1993 Welana Fields Queton

1994 Gina Gray Red Eagle

1995-96 Chalene Toehay-Tartsah

1997 Shannon Shaw Duty

1998 Jessica Moore Harjo

1999 Jennifer Standingbear Bighorse

2000 Sarah Megan Oberly

2001 Whitney Freeman

2002 Mary Bighorse Wildcat

2003 Tara Damron

2004 Randa Moore

2005 Julie Maker

2006 Frankee Cunningham

2007 Maggie Gray

2008 Alexandria Toineeta

2009 Erica Moore and Elizabeth Moore

2010 Vanessa Moore

2011-12 Dora Williams

2013 Autumn Williams

2014 Katelynn Pipestem

2015-16 Alissa Hamilton

2017 Jasmine Phetsacksith