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Release Date: August 02, 2006
by Kerri McDonald

The Chickasaw Princess Committee is now accepting applications from young ladies who are interested in taking part in the 2006-2007 Chickasaw Princess Pageant on October 2.

Contestants will do their best to achieve either Chickasaw Princess, 17 to 23 years of age; Chickasaw Junior Princess, 12 to 16 years of age; or Little Miss Chickasaw, 7 to 11 years of age.

“The princess program is a great way for young ladies to excel and learn about our rich heritage,” said Gov. Bill Anoatubby. “It is an honor to have our princesses serve as ambassadors for the Chickasaw people.”

Applicants must be residents of the Chickasaw Nation, be one-quarter Chickasaw, be a registered Chickasaw citizen, be the required age by the date of the pageant, never have been married, must not have any children, must never have served as a princess in the respective category, must have reliable transportation, abstain from the use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco related products during the reign as princess, attend public or private school and be working toward a diploma or be a high school graduate or equivalent. Contestants must also attend an orientation workshop and must provide their traditional dress.

The new crowned royalty will have the honor and privilege of representing the Chickasaw Nation at various functions and events across several states.

The Chickasaw princesses have been making appearances for many years. The heritage of the princesses goes back to 1963 when Ranell (James) Harry, daughter of former Chickasaw Governor Overton James, was appointed the first princess.

The 2005-2006 Chickasaw royalty are Chickasaw Princess Tamela Alexander, Junior Miss Chickasaw Princess Jaisen Monetathchi and Little Miss Chickasaw Princess Halley Taylor.

Applications can be picked up at the Youth and Family Services building on Seabrook Road in Ada or on the web at http://www.chickasaw.net/. Applications must then be returned to the Princess Program at the Division of Youth and Family Services, 231 Seabrook Road, Ada, OK 74820.

In addition to completing the application, princess hopefuls must write an essay, have three letters of reference from non-relatives and submit a 5x7 self-portrait.

For more information about the Chickasaw Princesses, contact Toni Castleberry at (580) 272-7710.