Quarterly report: Miss Southern Ute

Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum

Hello everyone! My name is Ellie Seibel also known as Little Blue Bird (Tuusagwawichitachi). It has been a while since my last report so I’d like to share with you what I’ve been up to the past months. In March, I had the privilege to fly to Denver and sit in one of the sessions of the Colorado House of Representatives. After, I toured the Justice Building and the Colorado History Museum. The following day, I went to the Governor’s Mansion for a meet-and-greet where I met the Lieutenant Governor, Joseph Garcia, and many cabinet members. Early the next morning, I sat in a meeting with our sister tribes, Ute Mountain Ute and Northern Ute, and the Lieutenant Governor to discuss different topics relating to us Utes. I finished off the weekend at the Denver March Powwow where I met the one and only Shoni Schimmel! It was definitely an experience I’ll never forget.

Since then, I’ve done a few appearances here and there. I met high school students from Golden, Colo. and went to the Four Corners monument for the Walk for a Healthier Life where I was on Navajo TV. I got to be a judge for the Miss Hozhoni Days pageant where I judged the contestants on a modern and traditional talent. Recently, I was Head Lady Dancer at the Bear Dance Powwow and I walked in The Walk of the Warriors on Memorial Day.

Aside from the royalty life, I recently finished my junior year of high-school. The last quarter of school, my grade point average was a 3.9! Just .1 away from a perfect 4.0. I also finished my track season with a first place in districts for high jump. Next year I will be in a concurrent enrollment program with Pueblo Community College to get my EMT certification. I will also be leaving on June 6 to Puerto Penasco, Mexico for a family vacation then leaving on the 11 to Panama with my Spanish 3 class. I won’t be returning until June 22. My entire summer will be filled with traveling and sports! I’m looking forward to every part of it.

Thank-you, Togiak


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