The Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women, a nonprofit organization that has been committed to advancing the economic and social welfare of the American Indian since 1969, is once again sponsoring their annual festival of events featuring the 2011 pageant. The event features a banquet honoring the current titleholders, an arts and crafts showcase, and an honor pow wow. The pageant will select a new Miss Indian Oklahoma and a Jr. Miss Indian Oklahoma in McAlester, Okla., on April 30th, at S. Arch Thompson Auditorium.
This year’s festival weekend’s theme is “Honoring our Mother’s Journey by Keeping our Eyes on the Future and Hearts in the Past.” The pageant is open to the public.
Applications are now available for contestants, who must be between the ages of 18 and 24 for Miss Indian Oklahoma and 13 and 17 for Jr. Miss Indian Oklahoma. Contestants must have a quarter or more of American Indian blood, must be enrolled in high school or higher education, and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. Contestants are judged on a personal interview, essay, traditional dress, traditional talent, platform, and an impromptu question.
The 2010 Jr. Miss Indian Oklahoma was Megan Larney, Seminole and the 2010 Miss Indian Oklahoma was Dayla Amos, Choctaw. To close the 2011 pageant, all visiting royalty join the new titleholders on stage to preform the Lord’s Prayer in sign language.