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May 1, 2014

Chickasaw Cultural Center to host 2014 Miss Indian Okla. Pageant

Sulphur — Miss Indian Oklahoma and Jr. Miss Indian Oklahoma 2014 will be crowned Saturday, May 3, at the 41st annual Miss Indian Oklahoma Pageant. This year’s event is hosted by the Chickasaw Nation and will be conducted at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur. Events begin at 3 p.m.

The Miss Indian Oklahoma and Jr. Miss Indian Oklahoma pageant is free and open to the public.

During their one-year reign, Miss Indian Oklahoma and Jr. Miss Indian Oklahoma serve as cultural ambassadors for American Indian people in Oklahoma. The ladies spend the year making appearances at tribal gatherings throughout the state, as well as serving as keynote speakers at various events.

Four young ladies representing a number of tribes are vying for the title of Miss Indian Oklahoma, including Nancy Deere-Turney, Muscogee; Jordan Harmon, Muscogee; Danielle Culp, Cherokee; and Raven Morgan, Cheyenne.

Contestants will be judged on personal interview, essay, traditional dress, traditional talent and their response to an impromptu question. Each contestant is also required to present a platform, a social issue relevant to Native Americans. Many of the contestant’s platforms complement the theme for this year’s pageant, “End Domestic Violence Through Empowerment.”

Nancy Deere-Turney, 24, is a sophomore at the College of the Muscogee Nation and Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee. Her platform is youth empowerment. She is the daughter of Robert Yargee and Lesah Deere-Yargee, Okmulgee, and she previously served as Jr. Miss Muscogee Creek Nation.

Jordan Harmon, 22, is a senior at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Her platform is Native Americans in education. She is the daughter of David and Shonday Harmon, Tulsa. She has served as Miss American Indian OSU and Tulsa Powwow Princess.

Danielle Culp is a graduate of Northeastern State University. Her platform is titled Give me back my voice. Culp, 24, is the daughter of Terry and Ellen Culp, Claremore. She previously served as Jr. Miss Cherokee, Miss Cherokee and Cherokee Gourd Society Princess.

Raven Morgan is a senior at Westmoore High School. Her pageant platform is domestic violence. Morgan, 18, is the daughter of LaRenda and Victor Morgan, Oklahoma City.

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