Front Row: 2017-18 Little Cherokee Ambassadors Cooper Dorr, Avery Raper, Dante Anguiano and Alayna Paden. Back Row: 2017-18 Little Cherokee Ambassador Leah Gardner, Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller, Junior Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon and Little Cherokee Ambassador Preston Gourd
Published July 3, 2018
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Applications for the 2018-19 Miss Cherokee, Junior Miss Cherokee and Little Cherokee Ambassador competitions are now available.
To download the application, visit https://www.cherokee.org/Services/Education/Cherokee-Ambassadors, and then scroll to the bottom of the webpage. 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 16.
The Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition is held Saturday, Aug. 25, with the Junior Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition on Aug. 18 and Little Cherokee Ambassador Competition on Aug. 4.
“These three competitions 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 ambassadors and messengers of the Cherokee Nation, Miss Cherokee, Junior Miss Cherokee and our Little Cherokee Ambassadors are role models, and they are expected to exemplify the best qualities of Cherokee youth.”
Miss Cherokee contestants must be between the ages of 18-22 as of Aug. 25. 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 visited the White House and historic sites in Washington, D.C., including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. She has also visited the Oklahoma Capitol and Cherokee Nation community meetings across the country.
To run for Junior Miss Cherokee, contestants must be between the ages of 13-17, 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 Monday, July 16, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the lobby of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah. Applications presented after the deadline will not be accepted.
For more information on the Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition, contact Trice-Turtle at 918-453-5000, ext. 4991. For more information on the Junior Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition, contact Reba Bruner at 918-453-5000, ext. 5397. For more information on the Little Cherokee Ambassador Competition, contact Kristen Thomas at 918-453-5000, ext. 4974.