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The 2018-2019 Miss He Sapa Win comes from čhasmú okáȟmi otȟúŋwahe, the Sandhills of Alliance, Nebraska. At 13 years old she received her Lakota name through ceremony. During that ceremony her name, Wamni Omni Wacin Win, was brought to her through prayer. This translates to ‘Whirlwind Dancing Woman’. Uriah descends from the Oglala and Sicangu Lakota people (Cangleska Cikala) and the Dine. Her Dine clans are Tachiinii and Kiiya’annii from her maternal side (Largo) in Mariano Lake, New Mexico.

 

Uriah is 17 years old and is a senior at Alliance High School. She will have graduated in May 2019. She plans to follow her three elder siblings’ footsteps and enroll at Haskell Indian Nations University. Soon after, she will further her education at the University of South Dakota. Uriah’s career goal is to become a teacher and an influencer amongst the youth throughout indigenous communities. She strongly believes that indigenous youth can revitalize our culture through our elders, our prayers, our beliefs, and our songs and dances.

 

During her high school years, Uriah balanced her education and her culture as she saw fit. Uriah attended as many cultural events as she could from ceremonies to powwows.. Uriah believes it is very important to have a good balance, especially between the two. Maintaining this balance has brought her many teachings and positive experiences, which led to Uriah becoming a respected role model.

 

Uriah has many hobbies she enjoys. These include dancing, singing, creating artwork and beadwork. Dancing has brought Uriah much happiness and as a passionate dancer in the pow-wow circle she lives up to her Lakota name. When called upon to do so, Uriah is a speaker and singer, as she has had years of practice doing so. She continues to take part in ceremonies, sundance's, and recently powwows to strengthen her singing talent.

 

Previous royalty titles carried during her junior and teen years of dancing include: Creighton University Powwow Princess, Miss Fort Robinson, Jr. Miss and Miss Teca Wacipi Okolakiciye, and Jr. Miss Oglala Lakota Nation. These leadership roles have brought Uriah awareness of the experiences and challenges our youth face today. Uriah makes it a priority to learn as much as she can about her language and culture so she can then teach it.

 

As the current Miss He Sapa Win and a representative of the Oceti Sakowin, Uriah has a message to any and all young persons: “Know who you are and where you come from. Find yourself in any positive way you can. Your identity is important and it is something you should always be proud of. The ability to know who you are and where you are from plays a huge role on where your life is going. Always remember our missing and murdered indigenous brothers and sisters. You have a voice! Make it memorable!”

 

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