th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration on Thursday, September 29 by crowning the new 2016-2017 Miss Keetoowah Cherokee Chelsea Tiger and 2016-2017 Jr. Miss Keetoowah Cherokee Samantha Russell.
The pageant was held at the Jim Proctor Elder Center on the UKB Complex grounds south of Tahlequah.
The young ladies displayed their talents by introducing themselves and modeling of their tribal wear along with reading of their essays themed “Keetoowah Strong”.
For the talent portion of the pageant Miss Tiger sung in her beautiful voice “Amazing Grace” in the Cherokee language. Miss Russell played her Indian flute with her own creation “Keetoowah Wind”. Both young ladies gave outstanding performances.
Finally ending the pageant with a question and answer segment from questions regarding their UKB history.
United Keetoowah Band Chief Joe H. Bunch crowned the new Miss Keetoowah Cherokee and Jr. Miss Keetoowah Cherokee and presenting them with a plaque and flowers along with their gifts.
The role of Miss and Jr. Miss Keetoowah Cherokee is to serve as good will ambassadors for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees and to serve and to promote the culture, traditions, and heritage of the Keetoowah People.
“I feel very honored and I think it’s very special and feel blessed. I am very honored to represent my tribe,” said Chelsea Tiger.
Miss Chelsea Tiger attends Oklahoma State University, studying biology and micro-biology. She is the daughter of Carla and Chebon Tiger of Austin, TX. Her grandparents are Mary and Revis Girty, Marcie Tiger and T.J. Stand all of Tahlequah.
Miss Samantha Russell attends Grandview School and is in the 7th grade. She is in the Grandview honor band under the direction of Harvey Price and is the daughter of Tonya and Tim Russell of Tahlequah. Her grandparents are Juanita and Gary Russell of Oaks, and Dama and Sammy Still of Tahlequah. Samanth’s mother, Tonya Russell, is a former 1998-1999 Miss Cherokee and 2000-2001 Miss Indian Oklahoma.