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Onondaga Nation Teen Named 2017 New York State Fair Indian Village Princess
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Kyla Smoke, of the Onondaga Nation, was named the 2017 Indian Village Princess at the New York State Fair. (Provided photo)

Syracuse, NY -- An Onondaga Nation resident and LaFayette High School senior was named 2017 Indian Village Princess at the New York State Fair.

Kyla Smoke is a senior at LaFayette High School. She plays basketball, volleyball and softball.

Kyla Smoke, 18, will represent the Onondaga Nation for 13 days at the fair. She'll be the lead dancer and an announcer. Her duties will also include greeting visitors and answering questions about Haudenosaunee culture and history.

"I think it is pretty exciting," Smoke said. "I'm honored to represent my nation."

Smoke is the daughter of DJ Smoke and Onondaga Nation Clan Mother Ev Powless. She has been dancing in the Indian Village at the fair for five years. Smoke plans to study sports management at Cazenovia College in the fall.

"We're very proud of her," Powless said. "She's well-respected in the community and is a role model for the youth here."

Each year the member nations -- Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk and Tuscarora -- of the Six Nation's Agricultural Society Indian Village at the fair take turns hosting and nominating a princess to represent their people. This is the year of the Onondaga Nation.

The requirements to be Indian Village Princess are a female between 16 and 24 years old who is single with no children and is drug and alcohol free. She also must have knowledge of Haudenosaunee traditions and history.

"Everyone knows her and knows her personality," her mother said. "Throughout the community, I hear people say that they couldn't have picked a better princess. Her dad and I are very proud of her and very excited for her. She earned this."

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