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Leigha Easley selected as the new Osage Nation Princess

Photo caption: Leigha Easley is the 2019-2020 Osage Nation Princess. CODY HAMMER/Osage News

A new Osage Nation Princess has been selected for the 2019-2020 year and it is Leigha Easley of Pawhuska.

She will be crowned on May 20, 6 p.m. at the Osage Nation Civic Center in Pawhuska.

“I selected Leigha because she is very active in her community. She is a good student, she comes from a good Osage family and they are familiar with the traditions of the Osage Princess since her great-grandmother Anita West was also an Osage Princess,” said Chalene Toehay-Tartsah, Osage Nation Princess director. “I feel confident she will serve as a good ambassador for the Osage Nation.”

Leigha, Osage/Ponca/Sioux, is the daughter of Michael D. Easley and Jessica Smith. Her Osage name is Mi-tsa-xi (Oldest Daughter) which she was given by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear. She is a member of the Bear Clan and is from the Waxakolin District of the Inlonshka.

Leigha is currently a Sophomore at Pawhuska High School where she is an exceptional student (3.4 GPA), plays varsity soccer and is active in Key Club. She is also a mat maid for the wrestling team and a manager for the softball team. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family including siblings, Trevor, Holden, Connor and Madison.

A direct descendant of Chief Fred Lookout, her paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hyatt and Mr. and Mrs. Duane Easley. Her maternal grandparents are Nina Brunt and the late Billy Smith. Her paternal great-grandparents are the late Fred Spotted Bear, Martha Spotted Bear and Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Easley. Her maternal great-grandparents are the late Stephanie Mashunkashey, L.C. and the late Betty Smith.

Her great-grandmother, Anita West, was the 1955-1959 Osage Tribal Princess and would be so excited that Leigha is being given this honor, said Leigha’s grandmother, Michelle Spotted Bear Hyatt.