Conner, 18, is the daughter of Marcus Conner & Terri Carnes. Her dad and brother are enrolled members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and Conner and her mother are enrolled members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in San Carlos, Ariz. Conner is a graduate of Pendleton High School, where she participated in basketball and softball. She served two years on the school’s Native American Board of Representatives as a member at large and then as Secretary her second year.
Conner currently works at Papa Murphy’s Pizza while attending Blue Mountain Community College. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, beading, photography, listening to music and hanging out with her family. Conner dedicated most of her summer in 2017 to traveling to the different parades in the region to represent her Native American community and support her two cousins, Gabriella Lewis and Virginia Conner, the 2017 Happy Canyon Princesses.
The Conner side of the family has participated in the Happy Canyon show since the early 1900s. Conner’s roles in the show include cast member on top of scenery, welcome dance, wedding party and pow wow dancer. There have been multiple family members who have reigned either as a Round-Up Queen or Happy Canyon Princess, including Virginia Wilkenson as Round-Up Queen in 1948, Leah Conner as Round-Up Queen in 1952, Anna Jane Wilkenson as Happy Canyon Princess in 1958-59, Ashleigh Wolf as Happy Canyon Princess in 2002, Crystal Pond as Happy Canyon Princess in 2006, Monice Moses as Happy Canyon Princess in 2007, Appollonia Saenz as Happy Canyon Princess in 2016, Gabriella Lewis as Happy Canyon Princess in 2017, and Virginia Conner as Happy Canyon Princess in 2017.
Conner’s future plans are to complete two years at Blue Mountain Community College before transferring to the University of Oregon to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in Art. After college, she would like to put her Business Management degree to work on the marketing side of business, focusing on nature and/or animals.