How Quapaw Princesses are Selected

The Quapaw Tribe selects a Tribal Princess and a PowWow Princess annually as goodwill ambassadors.

These young ladies are of good standing in the community, dance at powwows, wear a Quapaw Tribal dress during their reign, and are knowledgeable about the Quapaw Tribe.

Quapaw Nation Princess

The Quapaw Nation Princess is chosen by nominations from General Council attendees. The Quapaw Nation Princess wins by majority vote every year at the annual General Council meeting on July 4.

To be elected as Tribal Princess, the individual must be nominated at General Council, be at least 14 years of age and receive the highest number of votes.

  • Nominee cannot bear title if they have been or are married; have borne children or co-habitated with a partner before or during term.
  • Successful nominee must be accompanied by a chaperone at all events attended while representing the Quapaw Tribe.
  • Nominee may not be known to smoke, drink or have excessive tattoos or piercings before and during term.
  • Nominee must be Quapaw by blood and enrolled in the Quapaw Tribe.
  • Nominee must maintain a high level of discretion in public areas and maintain a positive image. All forms of social media must be managed in this regard, all photos and commentary must be modest. No bullying or inappropriate content will be tolerated on social media pages.

After she is elected, the Tribal Princess represents the tribe at various events including tribal functions, local parades, dances and contest powwows hosted by other tribes and organizations, when possible.

Quapaw PowWow Princess

The Quapaw PowWow Princess is crowned every year at the Annual Quapaw Tribe PowWow. The PowWow princess is selected by the PowWow Princess Committee. 

The PowWow Princess represents the Annual PowWow at local parades, dances and contest powwows hosted by other tribes and organizations, when possible.

Meet the 2018 to 2019 Quapaw Tribal Princess: LaCinda Attocknie

LaCinda Attocknie

Hello, my name is LaCinda Attocknie. I am the 2018 to 2019 Quapaw Nation Princess. I am an enrolled member of the Quapaw Nation and a descendant of the Shawnee, Comanche, Peoria, Osage, Otoe, and Ponca Tribes. I come from the Buffalo clan. My parents are Paul "Pj" Attocknie and Shannon Waters. My paternal grandparents are Joann Olsen Greenfeather, the late Jim Greenfeather and the late Paul Attocknie. My paternal Great Grandparents are the late Jo and Mary Blalock Olsen and the late Paul and June Dailey Attocknie. My maternal grandparents are Sonny Waters and the late Catherine Bethum. My maternal great grandparents are the late Alford and Victoria Griffin Waters.

My parents have raised me in the arena and I have been dancing Southern Traditional Cloth since I was a little girl. I am 16 years old and a sophomore at Quapaw High School. I am a cheerleader and I play basketball. I'm also active in my school's JOM Program and in FCCLA. In my spare time I enjoy dancing at powwows, playing basketball, dancing at stomp dances, hanging with my friends and helping my Auntie Mariah cook when needed at powwows, funerals, and other tribal events. I have 6 siblings their names are Keith, Benjamin, Ian, Averi, Miley and Jeremiah Ten Bears. My culture and my heritage are very important to me and I know I need to do my part in keeping what few traditions we have left alive. I am honored to serve as the Quapaw Nation Princess and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent our O-Gah-Pah people proudly.


LaCinda Attocknie