Miss Gila River and Jr. Miss Gila River are introduced at Community Council
Gila River Indian News
Miss Gila River and Jr. Miss Gila River were officially introduced to the Gila River Indian Community Council on Wednesday April 17. During the regularly scheduled council meeting, Gila River Royalty and their family members provided all in attendance a look to what they will accomplish this year during their reign. Both were crowned at this year’s Mul-Chu-Tha 2019 and will serve as ambassadors for the Community near and far while completing initiatives here at home.
Susanna Osife, Jr. Miss Gila River, from District 2, took to the podium first. This year her platform is focused on “Uniting our youth with our elders.” Susanna expressed how important it is to learn as much as we can about our Community while we’re young. She had previous experience working with elders in the Community and has enjoyed learning from them. Outside of her title, as a student, she’s active in school, with clubs, including sports at Coolidge High School.
Miss Gila River Tyler Owens from District 5 followed. Tyler attends Chandler-Gilbert Community College and is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Business Finance. Her platform for the year is, “Uplifting others through acceptance and inclusion.” Tyler feels that it is vital for young people locally and throughout Indian county to feel important in their communities. She’s also passionate about youth getting involved in our Himdag. She wants for all to be encouraged in learning more, no matter what level we’re at in our own understandings. For Tyler being involved means being active in the community by volunteering, attending meetings, or assisting whenever needed.
Both expressed excitement and gratitude to serve in these roles as part of their closing. After their presentations, each were given sincere words of support and encouragement by members of council. Following the presentation, a congratulatory procession took place where council members and attendees could shake hands and meet Miss and Jr. Miss in the chambers. Then both Jr. and Miss Gila River held a short reception in the lobby of the Governance Center where cake and refreshments were served.
Since being crowned, both have kept busy attending numerous events around the Valley including: Arizona’s Capitol Royalty Day, Mr. and Miss Indian ASU Pageant and Pow Wow, in addition to the Mul-Chu-Tha and Five Tribes Treaty of Peace Celebration parades.