Karyl Frankiewicz crowned Miss Native American USA
Published August 29, 2018
TEMPE, Ariz. — Karyl Frankiewicz, a 25-year-old citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, has won the Miss Native American USA title.
She hails from a small town in the Great Smoky Mountains. She became Miss Cherokee and Miss Indian North Carolina.
Frankiewicz obtained a degree in Early Childhood Education from Southwestern Community College in Sylva, North Carolina and is currently the Youth Development Professional at the Cherokee Youth Center Boys and Girls Club of America.
Her platform is Autism Awareness, to bring light to a disability very few speak of in Indian Country. Her proud parents are Melisa Arch and Quinton Frankiewicz, and not limited to her guardians, grandmother Shelia Arch.
Her traditional wear, the feather cape represents “A beloved Woman” in the EBCI culture. “I couldn’t believe it, I am so honored and blessed that I get to represent all the people throughout Indian Country,” was the thought when she was crowned Friday night in Tempe, Arizona. Frankiewicz is the 7th recipient of the national title as Miss Native American USA as she starts promoting Autism Awareness.