Meet the 2017 St. Joseph’s Royalty

St. Joseph’s 2017 Royalty includes Miss St. Joseph’s Danielle, Jr. Miss St. Joseph’s Mersayis and Eagle Staff Bearer Treshawn.

After competitions in dance and a Q&A with judges, St. Joseph’s Indian School has crowned three students as the 2017 royalty for the 41st Annual Powwow. Learn more about Danielle, Mersayis and Treshawn!

In order to be chosen as Miss St. Joseph’s, Jr. Miss St. Joseph’s and Eagle Staff Bearer, our Lakota students must attend and represent St. Joseph’s with pride and respect at powwows and other events. They must also be good role models and demonstrate a good attitude toward all students and adults.

Miss St. Joseph’s: Danielle
Danielle is a jingle dancer who has been dancing for 11 years.

Miss St. Joseph's
Danielle was crowned Miss St. Joseph’s.

Q: Why did you want to be Miss St. Joseph’s?
A: I wanted to be Miss St. Joseph’s because it would be an honor to represent my community and campus.

Q: At which other powwows have you danced other than St. Joseph’s?
A: Rosebud, Ft. Randall and Flandreau

Q: How did you learn to dance?
A: St. Joseph’s practice times as a child.

Q: Describe what you feel like when you dance in your regalia at a powwow.
A: I feel like I am at home when I dance. Dancing helps, and makes me feel better.

Q: What do you do to help others?
A: I help other students with their homework. I also volunteer at Native Hope.

Jr. Miss St. Joseph’s: Mersayis
Mersayis is a fancy and jingle dancer who has been dancing for three years.

Jr. Miss St. Joseph's
Mersayis was crowned Jr. Miss St. Joseph’s.

Q: Why did you want to be Jr. Miss St. Joseph’s?
A: To represent my tribe and all of my relatives.

Q: At which other powwows have you danced other than St. Joseph’s?
A: Ft. Randall and Vermillion

Q: How did you learn to dance?
A: From LaRayne and Rachel at St. Joseph’s.

Q: Describe what you feel like when you dance in your regalia at a powwow.
A: Dancing makes me feel happy and excited.

Q: What do you do to help others?
A: I am there for people who are homesick, scared or if they need a friend.

Eagle Staff Bearer: Treshawn
Treshawn is a traditional, grass and fancy dancer who has been dancing for six years.

St. Joseph's Eagle Staff Bearer
Treshawn was crowned St. Joseph’s Eagle Staff Bearer.

Q: Why did you want to be Eagle Staff Bearer?
A: Because I want to represent St. Joseph’s and my ancestors.

Q: At which other powwows have you danced other than St. Joseph’s?
A: Lower Brule, Crow Creek/Fort Thompson and Rapid City

Q: How did you learn to dance?
A: My grandpa, uncle and videos from YouTube.

Q: Describe what you feel like when you dance in your regalia at a powwow.
A: I feel like a spirit looking for the way of the Great Spirit.

Q: What do you do to help others?
A: I would do anything to help others – from homework, computer problems or teaching them how to dance powwow.

If you were unable to attend the 41st Annual Powwow, check out our YouTube channel where you’ll find videos documenting the day. For photos, view our powwow Flickr album, or Like us on Facebook for everything in-between!

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 89 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

10 thoughts on “Meet the 2017 St. Joseph’s Royalty”

  1. Thank you for sharing this wondeful story. It is very important for these young ladies, to maintain their precious heritage and you do everything in your power to help them. Thank you! Congratulations to these beautiful young ladies and to everyone else that participated. Thank you for keeping up with your heritage!

    1. We couldn’t agree more, Laura! Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share them.

  2. Wonderful examples of the greatness of the Spirit and solid representations of St. Joseph School and community. Curious as to who makes the regalia???

  3. Thanks so much for the update and the videos. We would have love to seen the students in person but this is the next best thing! Please tell the students that though we don’t know them personally, we are so proud of their dancing, their academic work, and their desire to help others. Keep up the hard work and know there are so many of us who do care all across the US. Also, We (my husband and I) really appreciate the insights into the Lakota language, culture, and customs.

    1. Thank you for your comment, KJ. We’re glad you enjoy the information we share. Maybe one day you’ll be able to visit in-person and see everything and everyone for yourself!

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