Mohegan woman serves as Cherry Blossom princess

Liz Malerba, a member of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, served as a princess for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

Malerba, 25, who works for Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D), took etiquette classes and had to adhere to a strict wardrobe code. But the self-described feminist said it was worth the effort to serve as Connecticut's Cherry Blossom Princess.

"It's an opportunity … to represent your state, to experience what it means to be an ambassador of your state culture and your state values in D.C," Malerba told The New London Day.

Malerba's family is very active in tribal issues. Her great-great-grandfather served as chief, her grandmother served on the tribal council and her mother, Lynn Malerba, currently serves as vice chair.

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