Published June 15, 2017
Applications for Junior Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition and Little Cherokee Ambassador Competition are also now available. To download the applications, visit www.cherokee.org and click on the Cherokee Ambassadors link in the education section of the services tab. Applications are also available at the Cherokee First desk at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.
The deadline for all applications is July 12. The Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition is held Saturday, Aug. 26, with the Junior Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition on Aug. 19 and Little Cherokee Ambassador Competition on Aug. 12.
“The competitions for Miss Cherokee, Junior Miss Cherokee and Little Cherokee Ambassadors provide an opportunity for contestants to share their knowledge of Cherokee history, culture and language,” said Lisa Trice-Turtle, Miss Cherokee sponsor and 1986-87 Miss Cherokee. “As an ambassador and messenger of the Cherokee people, the representative is a role model and is expected to exemplify the best qualities of Cherokee youth.”
Miss Cherokee contestants must be between the ages of 17- 22 as of Aug. 26. Candidates cannot have previously served as Miss Cherokee and must be a Cherokee Nation citizen living in the 14-county tribal jurisdiction.
In the past year, Miss Cherokee has attended the White House, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Oklahoma Capitol, Cherokee Nation events, community meetings and schools.
To run for Junior Miss Cherokee, contestants must be between the ages of 13-18, a Cherokee Nation citizen and reside within the 14-county tribal jurisdiction.
For the Little Cherokee Ambassador Competition, one girl and one boy are selected from each of three age groups: 4-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years. Candidates must be a Cherokee Nation citizen and live within the 14-county tribal jurisdiction.
Committee representatives will accept hand-delivered applications Wednesday, July 12, between the hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the TsaLaGi Ball Room, located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokees. Faxed applications or hand-delivered applications presented after the deadline will not be accepted.
For more information on the Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition, call Trice-Turtle at 918-453-5000, ext. 4991. For more information on the Junior Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition, call Reba Bruner at 918-453-5397. For more information on the Little Cherokee Ambassador Competition, call Kristen Thomas at 918-525-2266.