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Release Date: October 02, 2007

by Kerri McDonald

  • Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby and Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel pose with Chickasaw Princess Jaisen Monetathchi, Chickasaw Junior Princess Catie Newport and Little Miss Chickasaw Alexis Walker

ADA, Okla. - Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby crowned the newest members of Chickasaw royalty on Monday, October 1 at the annual Chickasaw Princess Pageant at the Cougar Activity Center in Ada.

Nine young ladies were judged on written essay, interviewing skills, traditional Chickasaw dress, random questioning, talent and poise. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges to serve in the elite positions in 2007-2008. Jaisen Monetathchi, 17, was selected as Chickasaw Princess, Catie Newport, 15, was selected Chickasaw Junior Princess and Alexis Walker, 11, was chosen Little Miss Chickasaw.

"We are proud to have these wonderful, young ladies serve as ambassadors for the Chickasaw people during the upcoming year," stated Governor Bill Anoatubby. "They join a great history of dynamic Chickasaw women."

The new princesses will spend the next year making more than 40 appearances on behalf of the Chickasaw Nation traveling across Oklahoma and several other states.

Chickasaw Princess Jaisen Monetathchi, daughter of Dusk and Melanie Monetathchi, is a senior at Ada High School in Ada, Oklahoma.

"I want to be a role model for youth of all ages," Monetathchi stated. "I will continue to do my very best to serve and make the people of this nation very proud."

Chickasaw Junior Princess Catie Newport, a sophomore at Ada High School, is the daughter of Steve and Drucilla Jacob.

"Becoming the next Chickasaw Junior Princess (will) be a great honor to represent the Chickasaw Nation and its people," Newport said. "I'm very proud of my Native heritage and I have been raised to respect the ways and teachings from my Elders."

Little Miss Chickasaw Alexis Walker, daughter of Darrell and Johnna Walker, is a sixth grade student at Willard Grade Center in Ada, Oklahoma.

"Little Miss Chickasaw is a great opportunity to represent the great unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation as well as my family," Walker stated. "I believe I (will) learn more about my heritage and language, meet new people and visit exciting places."

Governor Anoatubby awarded each princess winner with a crown, traditional dress, shawl, sash, trophy, gifts and cash prizes.

During the pageant ceremony, a special tribute was paid to the princesses completing their reigns as Chickasaw royalty for 2006-2007. The outgoing princesses included Chickasaw Princess Monica Seawright, Junior Chickasaw Princess Nacobi Walker and Little Miss Chickasaw Caitlynn Sparlin.

Other candidates in this year's pageant included Mikayla Hook, Shelbey Parnacher, Fichik Frazier, Nakita Parnacher, Julie Underwood and Erin Brown.