Pi naha:pi Good Day!
My name is Makayla Kiara Richardson and I’m your outgoing Miss Haliwa-Saponi Tribal Princess
I would first like to thank my Lord and Jesus Christ for allowing me to have this honorable opportunity to serve my people. Furthermore, I would like to thank my parents, especially my father, Wakoda Richardson, for taking me down to the Poarch Band of Creek Indian Powwow. I would like to thank my family, friends, and everyone who has supported me during my reign.
As Miss Haliwa-Saponi 2016-2017, it has been my honor to represent our tribe across North Carolina and the United States of America. I have attended and participated in numerous events, conferences, and powwows to represent the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe.
Events that I have attended are the National Unity Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the American Indian Women of Proud Nations Conference in Nashville, North Carolina, where I was named as a Woman to Watch 2016 and honored along side my grandmother Ruby Richardson, the Carolina Horizons Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Native Education Forum at North Carolina State University, and much more. Also, I have traveled to powwows across the United States to Tipton, Pennsylvania, Cherokee, North Carolina, Atmore, Alabama and many more.
Throughout my reign, I have met numerous princesses such as Miss Indian World 2016-2017, Danielle Ta’sheena Finn and was hosted at a breakfast by Miss Poarch Band of Creek Indians (Elder Princess Linda Colbert Crook, Sr. Princess Mallory Olivia Gibson, Jr. Princess Sehoye Rose Buckley, Elementary Princess Karlie McKenna Pettis, and Little Miss Princess Emmee Gracyn Hayes). I’ve had the opportunity to share our culture with the children at Warren County Schools and the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribal school during Native American Heritage Month.
Also, I’ve had the opportunity to host a pajama party for the young girls in our community. It was a total success! I really wanted to give back to my community and I wanted to inspire other girls to run for the title of Miss Haliwa-Saponi. Also, I wanted the girls to have the same experience that inspired me to run for Miss Haliwa-Saponi.
I’ve had a great experience and I will miss being Miss Haliwa-Saponi. However, I have faith that the next Miss Haliwa-Saponi will serve our people well. Remember to put God first. Also, know that your family is your biggest support system and I’m here for you and anything that you need. Lastly, I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping us to celebrate our 52nd Annual Powwow this year. I love you all and be blessed!
I know the next Miss Haliwa-Saponi will represent our tribe to the best of her abilities, with dignity, pride, honor, grace, and beauty.
God Bless and pi:láhuk (Thank You) Miss Haliwa-Saponi 2016-2017
Makayla Kiara Richardson