Head Lady named for 2008 Coffeyville Gathering

News From Indian Country 2-08

Donna Miller of Chelsea, Okla. has been named the Head Lady for the April, 2008 Coffeyville Gathering. Miller is of the Loyal Shawnee and Delaware descent. She is Horse clan and her Loyal Shawnee name is “Noel-wa-puma,” meaning “Watches Horses at a distance,” given to her by her Aunt Victoria Daughtery of White Oak, Okla.

Miller is the daughter of Lloyd P. Miller, Sr. of Chelsea, Okla. and the late Ardena E. (Walker) Miller of White Oak, Okla. Her paternal grandparents are the late Rev. Edward T. and Martha May (Everett) Miller of Delaware, Okla. Her maternal grandparents are Jack and Mariah (Bigknife) Walker of Sperry, Okla.

Miller has two children, Tania Blackburn and Sgt. R. Andrew Holt, Jr., both of North Carolina. She also has three grandchildren, Remember Me Miller Holt, of Chelsea, Okla., Undalawa Blackburn of North Carolina and Andrew J. Holt of Tulsa, Okla.

Miller recently graduated from Langston University-Tulsa, where she received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, majoring in Management Information Systems. She works as a Contractor for Sunoco, Inc. in Tulsa, Okla.

Miller is an active member of the Native American Student Association (NASA) of OSU/Langston University-Tulsa and Tulsa Community College. She is a member of the Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa and a volunteer associate member of the Tulsa Creek Indian Community. She was the past Vice-President and Powwow Coordinator of the Northeastern Oklahoma Native Association in Claremore, Okla. She participates in state and nationwide traditional ceremonies and Powwows including some in Canada.

“I enjoy dancing, stomp dancing, teaching native cultures, beading, and meeting and socializing with different cultures,” she said. “My family and I would like to thank the Coffeyville Powwow Committee for the honor of being Head Lady for the 2008 Coffeyville Powwow.”

The 2008 Coffeyville Gathering and Indian Art Market will be held April 18-19 in Nellis Gym at Coffeyville Community College. The event is a collaborative effort of the College and the USD445 Indian Education program.