- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

SULPHUR, Okla. (AP) - Miss Indian Oklahoma and Jr. Miss Indian Oklahoma 2014 will be crowned this weekend at the 41st annual Miss Indian Oklahoma Pageant.

Saturday’s event is hosted by the Chickasaw Nation and will be held at the tribe’s cultural center in Sulphur.

During their one-year reign, the winners serve as cultural ambassadors for Native Americans in Oklahoma. The ladies spend the year making appearances at tribal gatherings throughout the state, as well as serving as keynote speakers at events.

Contestants are judged on personal interview, essay, traditional dress, traditional talent and responses to an impromptu question.

Contestants are also required to present a platform on a social issue relevant to Native Americans.

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