OK More than 700 youth are expected to compete in the 15th
Annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Challenge Bowl, one of the largest
cultural events hosted by the MCN.
The purpose of the Challenge Bowl is to encourage Muscogee (Creek)
children to learn more about Muscogee (Creek) culture, history,
government and language, using traditional values of brotherhood
as the foundation. The competition, coordinated by the MCN Johnson
O'Malley Program, is divided into three age divisions: elementary,
middle school and high school.
Participants from churches, Muscogee (Creek) community teams
and nearly 30 schools are scheduled to compete.
year, the Challenge Bowl committee introduced a new study guide
that highlights current events.
"It's designed to draw awareness to our own Creek Nation newspaper
and the events and issues that are published," JOM Manager Regina
Keith said. "It keeps them up to date on the tribe's current events."
The Challenge Bowl is supported by the MCN National Council,
which is the tribal legislative body and the office of MCN Principal
Chief George Tiger.
Each school has a five-member team, which is given study materials
prior to the event. Living historians, along with MCN employees
and community members, serve as sources for the curriculum. Organizers
feel the Challenge Bowl is more of a teaching event than a competition.
The middle school competition is set for Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Due to inclement weather, the high school portion was re-scheduled
to Thursday, Feb. 13.
The elementary category is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18.
The competion is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. daily at the First
Baptist Church in Beggs, Okla.
For more information about the MCN Challenge Bowl, please visit
Bowl Winners 2014
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Challenge Bowl kicked off Feb. 13
at the Beggs First Baptist Church with the high school division
The high school division winners were:
- first place - Glenpool White,
- second place - Glenpool Blue,
- third place - Eufaula Ironheads and
- Beggs Truth received the Wilbur "Geebon" Gouge honors trophy.
The elementary school division competition was held Feb. 18.
The elementary school division winners were:
- first place Glenpool 1,
- second place Glenpool 2,
- third place Hilldale Hornets and
- Beggs Hvtke received the Wilbur "Geebon" Gouge Honors Team
The middle school division contestants will compete Feb. 25.