TAHLEQUAH, OK Fort Gibson Elementary School fourth-grader
Addison Rouses presentation on the significance of the corn
bead and how it is used for traditional jewelry earned her the Little
Cherokee Ambassador title Aug. 6.
About 20 youth competed in the Little Cherokee Ambassador competitions
at the Tahlequah Armory.
Winning the 10-12 age division was Manny Longhorn, a fifth-grader
at Westside Elementary School in Claremore. In the 7-9 age division
were Emma Fields, who attends Brushy School in Sequoyah County,
and Kellen Rhoton, who attends Herald Elementary in Collinsville.
Crowned as Little Cherokee Ambassador in the 4-6 age division
was Reese Henson, of Fort Gibson, a second-grader at Cherokee Immersion
The Little Cherokee Ambassador competition is a great
way to get our youngest Cherokee Nation citizens involved and learning
early their history, culture and language, Principal Chief
Bill John Baker said. Its also a great stepping stone
for future leadership competitions, since one of these ladies will
likely go on to compete for Junior Miss or Miss Cherokee one day.
Rouse, 10, answered correctly the three branches of the Cherokee
Nation government, three states that were original Cherokee homelands
and two former principal chiefs names to take the crown and
sash in the 10-12 age division.
Its a dream come true, Rouse said. Ive
worked for this, and now Im going to work for my Nation.
The ambassadors accompany Miss Cherokee and Junior Miss Cherokee
to sponsored events and for the next year serve as representatives
of the tribe.
left to right are the 2016-17 Little Cherokee Ambassadors
Manny Longhorn, Reese Henson, Kellen Rhoton, Emma Fields and
Addison Rouse. They were crowned ambassadors Aug. 6 in Tahlequah,
Oklahoma. (Courtesy photo)
The Junior Miss Cherokee competition is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 20 at the Tahlequah Municipal Armory Building, and the Miss
Cherokee Leadership Competition will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at
Cornerstone Church in Tahlequah.