, Muskogee, OK

June 9, 2013

Miss Cherokee competition open

— Applications are available for the 2013 Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition.

“Being crowned Miss Cherokee is such a rewarding experience for whomever is awarded the title,” said 2012 Miss Cherokee Christy Kingfisher. “It’s a joy to be able to share your culture and heritage with so many people, and also be an ambassador for the Cherokee Nation.”

Miss Cherokee contestants must be ages 17 to 22 on Aug. 24, not have already been a Miss Cherokee and be a Cherokee Nation citizen living in the 14-county tribal jurisdiction. Contestants must also be a high school graduate or have completed a GED testing program, and must not have been married or cohabitated or had children.

Competitors must be physically able to fulfill the duties of the position, starting with the initial official appearance on the night of the competition. Contestants will be judged on Cherokee language usage during their introductive and cultural presentation.

Contestants must submit an application form along with these documents: copy of CDIB card, copy of tribal citizenship card, copy of most recent transcript or GED scores, one 3x5 color photograph and three letters of recommendation from non-family community members.

Applicants will receive notification that they are official candidates. The contestants will be required to attend an orientation for an overview of the activities that will be take place at the competition.

Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition applications are available online at

Ambassadors.aspx or at the Cherokee First desk or Education Services offices in the W.W. Keeler Complex in Tahlequah.

The application and requested items must be mailed and received with a postmark of Friday, July 12. Hand-carried or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Information: Tonnette Mouse Hummingbird, (918) 207-3577.