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Tulsa Indian Club

2017 - 2018
Tulsa Powwow Princess

Tyra Renee Williams

Ponca/Otoe Missouria/Iowa/Loyal Band Shawnee

Tyra Renee U’donbi U’don Wi  Williams
(U’donbi U’don - Appearance is Good)

I am Tyra Renee U’donbi U’don Wi Williams, daughter of Kevin Williams (Ponca/Otoe Missouria/Iowa) and Debbie Henderson Williams (Loyal Band Shawnee).  While I am an enrolled member of the Ponca Nation and from the Ni’ka Pashna (Skull) clan, I am honored to represent the many tribes from which I am a descendent: Ponca/Otoe Missouria/Iowa and Loyal Band Shawnee. 

As a native-born, raised and educated Tulsan, some of my school activities included participation in the Native American Club and cheerleading, a middle school interest that continued throughout high school, positioned me for leadership positions and assisted me in college.  Upon graduating from Memorial High School, Tulsa, I was awarded a full cheer scholarship from Northern Oklahoma College (NOC), Enid.  I cheered at NOC and graduated in 2016 with an Associate in Science degree.

Currently, I am in my last year at Northeastern State University earning a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration, a degree that is preparing me to deal with the business operations of medical facilities, and working as a Patient Service Representative at Saint Francis Warren Clinic System.  When I receive my bachelor’s degree, my next educational goal is to obtain my masters in Health Care Administration. 

My parents and grandparents continually encourage me to continue my formal education and maintain my Indian culture.  My Di’gon (paternal grandfather) Ceasar Williams (Ponca) gave me my Indian name U’donbi U’don, Wi which means Appearance is Good.  My paternal grandmother is Dorcas Kent (Ponca/Otoe Missouria/Iowa).  My maternal grandparents are Richard (Loyal Band Shawnee) and Glenda Henderson.  My great-grandparents are John M. and Matilda Hairyback Williams (Ponca), Herman Henderson (Loyal Band Shawnee), Woolsey Kent (Otoe Missouria/Iowa) and Emily No Ear Kent (Ponca).  I am proud to be a direct descendant of several chiefs, one being Chief Medicine Horse (Otoe Missouria). 

I just want to thank the Tulsa Indian Club and Princess Committee for selecting me as this year’s 2017-18 princess. I look forward to the upcoming year getting to represent the Tulsa Indian Club. It is my desire to continue their legacy of leadership by being a positive, role model and instilling in people my age and younger the importance of preserving our Indian traditions and maintaining a healthy, lifestyle.  There is no better way to achieve these goals than at the Tulsa Powwow. 

Wi’ btha’ hon- Thank you