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Manito Ahbee Festival Crowns Princess

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The Manito Ahbee Festival crowned Torry Marie Eagle Speaker as the Miss Manito Ahbee Travelling Princess for 2011–12 on Saturday at the event's International Competition Pow Wow.

Miistamohkspiakii, or Holy Red Dancer, is 17, hails from Cardson, Alberta, and is Blood Tribe and Dene, a Manito Ahbee Festival press release stated. She was crowned by last year’s winner, Princess Sage Speidel.

The crowning took place as part of the Manito Ahbee Festival, which included the Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards.

The award honors Cherisse Diane Marie Houle of Winnipeg, who was murdered in July 2009 just short of her 18th birthday. She left a toddler son behind, now age 4, as well as two brothers, a sister and parents, among other family.

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Houle was one of those honored at the Winnipeg march earlier this year to commemorate missing and murdered women.