Ava Jo Botone 2017 Otoe-Missouria Tribal Princess
Ava Jo Botone
Ava is the daughter of the late Perry Lee Botone, Jr. (Composer of the Otoe-Missouria Encampment Song) and Lynda Blackstar. She is the granddaughter of Geary and Mildred (DeRoin) Watson (1952 Otoe-Missouria Princess); Perry Lee Botone, Sr.; Michael and Vivica Ava (PrettyWeasel) Blackstar; Debra Pahdopony; Phyllis Whitecloud; Gary “Chink” Whitecloud, Sr. and Annette Rice. She is the great-granddaughter of Cleve and Julia (White) DeRoin; Thomas and Linda (Pahdopony) Blackstar; Lacy and Dorthy Mae (PrettyWeasel) TakesEnemy and Herman and Revina Frank; Ava is the great-great granddaughter of John and Lizzy (Faw Faw) DeRoin; Corbett and Ruth (Vetter) White; and Oliver “Chief” and Roxie (Motah) Pahdopony.
Ava is a proud member of the Bear Clan. She entered the arena accompanied by the late Mark Whitehorn, Sr., at the tender age of 2, during the 2000 Otoe-Missouria Encampment. Thereafter, she has greatly enjoyed dancing, participating and competing throughout the Nation in the Southern Cloth category. She is a descendant of the Kiowa, Iowa, Comanche, Crow and Oglala Lakota Nations. Mostly, a proud member of the Native American Church.
In May, Ava successfully finished her first year at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, OK. Where she is majoring in Sports Medicine and continuing her basketball career as a point guard with the NOC Lady Mavericks Basketball Team. Today, she is employed with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe’s Youth Department serving as a youth counselor and coaching youth basketball in her spare time. Most honorably, she will be serving her country in the United States Air Force and continuing her education in the Medical Field.
First and foremost, “Thank You” to the Otoe-Missouria Encampment Committee for bestowing this most precious title upon me and my family. I am overwhelmed by the honor of representing my Jiwere-Nutachi people. I firmly intend to reign this entire year with the upmost dignity, respect and pride.
To my entire family, I greatly appreciate your unending love, confidence and guidance. Thank you for allowing me to accept this important positon and to have your eternal support. I know that without you fulfilling this dream would not be possible.
Ah-ho and God Bless,
Ava Jo Botone