Published On: Tue, May 7th, 2013

Miss Cherokee report for April

By KARYL FRANKIEWICZ

MISS CHEROKEE 2012

 

Si-yo! As I get ready for a busy summer I have been given the honor to travel to amazing events where I have meet wonderful people. I would highly recommend eligible young Cherokee women to run for Miss Cherokee. This experience of serving as an ambassador for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has been a blessing for me.

Miss Cherokee 2012 Karyl Frankiewicz (center) is shown with N.C. State Native American club members Joey Owle (left) and Kelsey Standingdeer.  (Photos courtesy of Karyl Frankiewicz)

Miss Cherokee 2012 Karyl Frankiewicz (center) is shown with N.C. State Native American club members Joey Owle (left) and Kelsey Standingdeer. (Photos courtesy of Karyl Frankiewicz)

At the start of the month, April 5-6, I traveled out to NC State University to take part in the pow wow that was hosted by the Native American club. During grand entry, the head dancers were our very own EBCI members Dakota Brown and Josh Trejo. I also met Miss Indian North Carolina Olivia P. Richardson, Miss Lumbee Courtney Lewis, Junior Miss Lumbee Ciena Fedor, and Little Miss Lumbee Lilianna Locklear. Later in the day, we watched an exhibition stickball game by members from our Eastern Band ball players.

Miss Cherokee 2012 Karyl Frankiewicz (center) is shown at the Gathering of Nations pow wow with members of the Native American Woman Warriors color guard.

Miss Cherokee 2012 Karyl Frankiewicz (center) is shown at the Gathering of Nations pow wow with members of the Native American Woman Warriors color guard.

On April 24-28, I was honored to travel to the Gathering of Nations pow wow in Albuquerque, NM. This was an event like no other. We watched the Miss Indian World Pageant and supported the contestants as they showed their traditional talents. I was recognized during that time as the representative of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. I also took part in all of the grand entries during the powwow. During the Gathering, I met several people throughout the event including Native American women from various tribes like Navajo Royalty; Miss Choctaw, Shaye Mackinzie Scott; Miss Florida Seminole, Alexis Aguilar; and Miss Coushatta, Hannah Jane Nichols, and many more. I was blessed to meet Chester Nez, who is the last original Navajo Code Talker from WWII.  Others included Native American Woman Warriors, Native American Women that come from different tribes and branches of the military. I also met Tito Ybarra, a Native American Comedian.  

Thank you Kelsey Standingdeer and Joey Owle for inviting me to the pow wow at NC State. Also, thank you to Tosh Welch and Leslie Lossiah for arranging the stickball exhibition. A special thank you to my Royalty Board for letting me go on an amazing trip to the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, NM. There, I gained an experience of a lifetime where I had the privilege of meeting extraordinary people.

If you would like to invite me to an event please, contact my Royalty Board chairman Jean Bushyhead at hbbradjean@gmail.com or 736-4022. Sgi.

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