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Diondria Pilger (R), Red Mountain Eagle Pow-Wow Princess met Miss Indian Arizona Mariah Jordan Sharpe.

Red Mountain Eagle Pow-Wow Princess Diondria Pilger

Ske:k tas Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, ani an ap chugic Diondria Pilger, the Red Mountain Eagle Pow-Wow Princess. I just wanted to update you on the first six months of my of my reign representing our Community.

I’ve come to realize that wearing this crown is a huge responsibility, and I have tried my best and will continue to do so.

In addition to the many fun pow-wows, pageants, cultural events, ribbon-cuttings and groundbreakings I’ve attended throughout the state and our Community, I was asked to speak to second-graders at the Noah Webster School about my motto, “Dream It, Believe It and Achieve It.”

One of my dreams is to become the first O’odham gymnast in the Olympics. I’m still working on getting to the Olympics. Wish me luck.

I’ve also been spending some time with the Young River People’s Council, who have been so kind in letting me join them on different projects. The most memorable was attending the national UNITY Conference in San Diego in July. I danced with them during the Cultural Exchange Night and helped them with their workshop on preventing diabetes. While there I had the opportunity to meet Brooke Simpson from “The Voice”; she was so nice. She is from the Haliwa-Saponi tribe and finished third place of the 13th season of The Voice.

I have a huge road trip coming up: I will be attending the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival and Powwow in Fort Hall, Idaho, August 9-12, and the Crow Fair Powwow and Rodeo in Crow Agency, Montana, August 15-20. I’m excited and thankful for the opportunities that have and will come my way. So, if you see me, ask me about them. I would love to share my experiences.

Diondria Pilger had a chance to meet Brooke Simpson (L) from “The Voice.”
Also, I’d like to encourage all the girls who have thought about vying for this title to do so. It is a great opportunity and a learning experience, even just to try. So many people have helped me so far and will continue to help me. There are too many people to list, but I want them to know that I am so blessed to have your help and would like for you all to know that I love you. Sapa.

Watch for more on the RMEP in the next O’odham Action News.