My name is Aliayah Danielle Buffalohead. My Indian name is Wi Nazhe Ta Wi meaning Rain given to me by my grandparents. I am an enrolled Ponca Tribal member and am of the Hisada clan. I come from The Buffalohead, Collins, BlueBack, Big Elk, and Giveswater families.
I am 17 years old, a senior at Tonkawa High School, and a member of the National Honor Society. I am also concurrently enrolled at NOC and plan to continue my education with a degree in the medical field. My career focus is to become a Physical Therapist to help our elders and other Native Americans to recover from their injuries. Some of my other accomplishments are lettering in academics for the past 3 years and receiving an award for Outstanding Native American Student.
I want to be a great ambassador for our tribe.
I want to thank the Ponca Princess Sorority and the Ponca Powwow Committee for giving me a chance to represent the Ponca People. This opportunity has been a goal of mine and I will represent to the best of my ability. I pray everyone has a great year, continue to be safe, and protect our children and elders.