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Miss Native American NSU applications open

Published 1/30/19

Kinsey Shade


TNE Writer


Sponsors for this year’s Miss Native American NSU competition include the Center for Tribal Studies, Native American Support Center, Native American Student Association, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, American Indian Business Leaders, Alpha Pi Omega, Phi Sigma Nu and Sigma Nu Alpha Gamma. The title of Miss Native American NSU is open to Native American women ages 18 to 24 that are full-time students.  


“You can’t be married or have children, you must maintain a 2.5 GPA and be a member of at least one of the Native American student organizations,” said Cheyhoma Dugger, Hartshorne senior and committee member. “She must not have any convictions or crimes or pending charges, and you can’t currently hold another title.”  


Dugger said the title holder is expected to be an ambassador of NSU and her tribe. She should be a role model for the Native American students and community. The deadline to apply is March 1.


“She represents the Native American organizations on campus,” said Dugger. “She attends their events and meetings whenever they need her to. She is expected to make appearances at NSU and around the community.”


In recent years, Miss Native American NSU has attended the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s national conference as well as speaking to schools across northeastern Oklahoma. She has also attended many tribal celebrations and participated in parades and powwows. As Native American royalty, learning the proper etiquette comes with receiving the title.


“You learn along the way,” said Stormy Sanders, Miss Native American NSU 2018-2019.

It’s really awesome to have the committee, I can text them about things and everyone is very supportive. I loved it holding this title.”


Sanders said other tribal royalty become your family and that asking questions is how you learn to conduct yourself.


“I’m a very shy person, but as a Native American I think it’s important, even if I am shy, to speak up,” said Sanders. “If you’re thinking about Miss Native American NSU and if you’re shy you should run.”


The committee continues during competition, as well as after the title has been earned.  


 

“It’s a great opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and to at least try to compete and have this experience and hopefully learn something from it,” said Jade Hansen, Native American Support Center advisement and career specialist.  “It can be intimidating but it’s a learning process and you aren’t pushed to do it alone. You have a team that supports you and will help you throughout the reign if you were to win.”


 

The competition is judged on the candidate’s introduction and the explanation of their traditional dress as well as their platform, traditional talent and answer of an impromptu question.


“Speaking in their tribal language is highly encouraged but isn’t necessary, but tribal attire is” said Hansen. “The event is open to the public. We highly encourage you to attend and support the ladies that will be running for the title of Miss Native American NSU.”


Hansen said the event is at 6:30 p.m. March 30 at the BCM. Applications for the title of 2019 – 2020 Miss Native American NSU are available Friday, Feb. 1. Applications can be found at the Native American Support center, the Center for Tribal Studies.

For more information about Miss Native American NSU visit the Native American Support Center located on the second floor of the John Vaughn library or email Cheyhoma Dugger at dugger01@nsuok.edu or Jade Hansen at hansenj@nsuok.edu


 

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