Oneida Royalty 2015-16
(Left to Right) Jessica House ~ Miss Oneida, Marissa Danforth ~ Jr. Miss 
Oneida, Margaret Cornelius ~ Lil Miss Oneida
Oneida Nation Royalty 2015-16

Miss Oneida

Shekoli my name is Yotsiklakewas, which means she who parts the clouds. I am also known as Jessica House. I follow my mother’s clan, meaning I am wolf clan. My parents are Toni and Douglas House. My grandparents on my mother’s side are Marjorie and Ernest Stevens, and my grandparents on my father’s side are Leona and Francis (Stitch) House. I am the youngest of four, first is my half-brother Tyler Ray, then Cole House, followed by my older sister Jasmine House. 

I am 19 years old and currently studying Communications at St. Norbert College.  This year will be my second season with their basketball team, the St. Norbert Knights. Some of my other interests include learning the Oneida language, participating in the Oneida Longhouse ways, playing piano, singing both classic and Oneida songs, smoke dancing, and mountain biking. 

Being Miss Oneida I hope to achieve many things, but my main focus is to encourage community members to learn the Oneida language and culture. My language and culture have always been a part of my life and have always been extremely important to me. Even though I have worked most of my life towards learning the language, I have still not been able to achieve my goal to become functionally fluent in the Oneida language. 

This experience has given me understanding of the struggles that go along with learning the Oneida language and culture. Through this experience I have had people encouraging me to continue striving for this goal.  In return, I would like to give back by encouraging others in the community to do the same. 

With all that being said, I am very thankful for getting this opportunity. Also I am really looking forward to this next coming year of being Miss Oneida along with my Jr. Miss and Lil miss, Yaw^ko. 

Jr Miss Biography


Hello, everybody, my name is Marissa Danforth; I am Junior Miss Oneida 2015-2016. I am very honored and proud to be able to represent our community as Jr Miss Oneida. I am a part of the turtle clan and the People of the Standing Stone is the land or Earth I come from. I am fourteen years old and I will be a sophomore at Seymour High School. My parents are Crystal House and Lem Danforth. My grandparents are Judge Sharon House, Marsha and Erwin Danforth. In my free time I like to cheer at Green Bay Elite All-Stars and do volunteer work.

Lil Miss Biography 

Hello my name is Margaret Cornelius. I attend Oneida Nation Elementary school; I’ll be in the sixth grade. My parents are Orville (O-jay) Cornelius and Waunita Batiste. I have one sister and three brothers. My sister’s name is Camlynn and my brothers are Conner, Marcell, and Jordan. My grandparents are Janice and Orville Cornelius, David Batiste, and Rosalie Lucas. Things I enjoy doing in my free time are smoke dancing, playing basketball, and drawing. My cousin Kaylee Schuyler is the one that told me about the pageant, she’s also the one that taught me how to smoke dance. I’m very thankful for all her help. During my time as Lil Miss Oneida I would like to work in the community to help other kids to get better grades.


2016-17 Miss Oneida, Jr. Miss Oneida, and Lil Miss Oneida Pageant

Oneida Royalty has become an integral part of our culture. Passing along our cultural history is paramount in preserving our identity and traditions as ‘People of the Standing Stone’. The teachings of our ancestors are our lifeline to ensure that we remember our traditions, now, and for the seven generations to come. This will become a vital part of the newly crowned royalty’s responsibility.The Miss Oneida/ Jr. Miss Oneida/ Lil Miss Oneida Pageant is not a beauty pageant. Oneida Royalty will hold their titles for one (1) year as young ambassadors for the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. They will be responsible for attending various Tribal events and many other events in the surrounding communities.

Eligibility requirements for both titles are:
1) Must be single with no children (does not cohabitate)
2) Does not smoke, drink, or use drugs
3) Has a positive outlook on life.
4) Good standing in school
5) Miss Oneida are between the ages of 18–25
6) Jr. Miss are between the ages of 13–17.
7) Li’l Miss Oneida are between the ages of 7–12

Contestants are judged based on: 
1) Presenting themselves, ie. public speaking, poise, confidence, etc. 
2) Knowledge of the culture and a traditional talent.

For More Information Contact:

Rich Figueroa (920) 496-5026