MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

June 15, 2013

UKB pageant accepting entries


— The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is taking entries for the Miss and Junior Miss Keetoowah Cherokee Pageant. The event is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center. The pageant will be the kickoff event of the annual UKB Celebration.

Participants must be ages 13 to 17 before Aug. 22 to compete for Junior Miss, and 18 to 21 before Aug. 22 to compete for Miss Keetoowah Cherokee.

Contestants must be an exclusive UKB tribal member and must present a copy of tribal enrollment, proof of school enrollment and two references. They must not have been married or cohabitated, had children or been convicted of a felony.

Holding the Miss and Junior Miss Keetoowah crown has many benefits, including cash prizes and gifts. Education scholarships of $2,000, $1,000 and $750 are awarded to the winner, first and second runner- ups for Miss Keetoowah Cherokee and $300, $200, and $100 for Junior Miss Keetoowah Cherokee. There is an opportunity to gain confidence and knowledge by assisting in hosting events, and speaking before groups.

Pageant applications are available from the UKB Tribal Facebook site at United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma or picked up at the UKB Community Services building in July.

Information: Georgia Dick or Brenda Locust at (918) 456-8698 or (800) 259-0093.