Princess Elisah Monique Jimmie is pictured with Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Chief Cyrus Ben.
Princess Elisah Monique Jimmie is pictured with Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Chief Cyrus Ben.
The 70th Choctaw Indian Fair closed late Saturday night with the finals of the World Series of Stickball being played under rainy skies.

But for Elisah Monique Jimmie, her time is just beginning. She was selected as Choctaw Indian Princess last Wednesday night out of 11 contestants. For the next year, she is the goodwill ambassador for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

“When they announced that I was the princess, I was shocked,” Jimmie said. “It was a surreal moment. Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to be the Choctaw princess. My mother, my grandmother and my aunt were all the Choctaw princess. It is a family tradition and a honor.”

Jimmie talked about the different responsibilities that come with being the Choctaw princess.
“All of the little girls look up to her and say they want to be the Choctaw princess one day,” Jimmie said. “It is a great responsibility to be a good role model for them. I want to encourage our youth to keep trying to encourage things throughout their lives.

“As princess, I not only represent my hometown. I am an ambassador for my people.”

Jimmie is a sophomore at East Central Community College where she is a member of the band. “It’s going to be a busy year, balancing my duties as the princess with school and the band,” she said. “But they will work with me at East Central. I have to manage my time.”

She is majoring in culinary arts and hopes to become a chef or a baker one day. “My family and I enjoy cooking outside and preparing traditional meals,” Jimmie said. “I plan share this with my instructors and classmates. “I like cooking sweets. I would love to be a baker one day.”

Jimmie is the 19-year-old daughter of Karla Keats and Elijah and Natasha Jimmie. She is from the Pearl River Community. She is a 2018 graduate of Choctaw Central High School.

She likes dancing and stickball which are both family traditions. “My dad coaches all of the Bók Cito teams,” Jimmie said. “He encouraged me to play but then he put me in the midfield. He didn’t want me to get hurt.”

The other 10 contestants in this year’s running to become Princess were: Candace Sharece Jefferson, Hallie Dlynn Billie, Leona Monique Billy, Memorie RayAnn Henry, Kaylee Jordan Routh, India Sy-Lyn Samuel, Kristina Michelle Taylor, Kristeena Jay Thomas, Taezialin Tanese Tubby, and Tara Dawn Willis.