District Princess Pageants

Princess and Royalty Program

Young Choctaw women have the opportunity to grow as individuals and to represent their district and their tribe. This experience creates lifelong memories and friends.

Eligibility

  • Must be a CNO tribal member
  • Copy of front and back of CDIB and Tribal Membership card
  • One-sixteenth (1/16) Choctaw or higher
  • Resident of the Choctaw Nation District in which you are competing
  • Letter from school, employer, church, or other official stating contestant's achievements
  • One 5"x7" color photo (full-length showing entire traditional Choctaw Nation regalia)
  • Description of traditional dress/attire – 100 words or less only
  • W-9 completed and signed by contestant
  • Code of Conduct signed by contestant/guardian
  • Miss Choctaw Nation District Princess Additional Requirements:
    • Single, never married, no dependents
    • Must not cohabit before or during reign
    • Between the ages of 18-22 by Labor Day 2022
    • Essay of 200 words or less on "What goals I hope to achieve as Miss Choctaw Nation"
    • Have never held the title of Miss Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Junior Miss Choctaw Nation District Princess Additional Requirements:
    • Single, never married, no dependents
    • Must not cohabit before or during reign
    • Between the ages of 13-17 by Labor Day 2022
    • Essay of 200 words or less on "What goals I hope to achieve as Junior Miss Choctaw Nation"
    • Have never held the title of Junior Miss Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Little Miss Choctaw Nation District Princess Additional Requirements:
    • Between the ages of 8-12 by Labor Day 2022
    • Have never held the title of Little Miss Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

How to Apply

District pageant applications must be turned in to the Community Center two weeks before the district pageant. One-half (1/2) point will be deducted for each required document not submitted by deadline. No applications will be accepted less than one (1) week before the pageant.

Additional Information

The Princess and Royalty Program has been molding and shaping strong Chahta ohoyo for decades. Annually, the Choctaw Nation crowns local princesses in each of its 12 districts. Qualifying contestants are judged on talent, poise and traditional wear. During district pageants, one representative is chosen in each division. The district princesses advance to compete in the Choctaw Nation Royalty Pageant held during the annual Labor Day Festival at Tvshka Homma. Three young women are crowned Little Miss, Junior Miss, and Miss Choctaw Nation and serve as ambassadors for the following year.

Pageant Guidelines

  • District affiliation is based on actual district of residency. College students’ “permanent address” on school records is used to indicate district residency in circumstances where students may live on a campus in a different district a portion of the year while attending school.
  • The winner of each district division will represent her district throughout the year. During her reign, each District Princess will make personal appearances at various functions throughout the district in accordance with the Choctaw Nation District Councilperson’s approval.
  • Each district winner is required (except for emergency situations) to be a contestant in the Choctaw Nation Royalty Pageant and attend the interview held before the final level of competition. This year’s pageant will be held (date to be announced) on the Choctaw Nation Tribal Grounds in Tvshka Homma, Oklahoma. The Royalty Pageant interview date and location will be announced after June 15, 2022.
  • If district winners cannot fulfill their duties as district princess for any reason during their reign, the title, crown, and duties will pass to the first runner-up in that district.
  • If a member of Choctaw Nation Royalty cannot fulfill her duties for any reason during her reign, the title, crown, and duties will pass to the first runner-up.
  • It is acceptable for Choctaw Nation Royalty Pageant winners to hold other titles (example: Miss Owa Chito Festival, Miss Native American Student Association, etc.); however, they must not interfere in fulfilling the duties of being official Choctaw Nation Royalty.
  • If at any time during her reign a Choctaw Nation District Princess or member of Choctaw Nation Royalty violates any of the guidelines, qualification, stipulations, or Code of Conduct associated with being eligible for the role of princess, they will forfeit their crown, title, and duties to the first runner-up.

  1. Check for announcements on pageant dates and that applications are available:
    • At the Choctaw Nation Community Center
    • In the Biskinik
    • This webpage
    • Social media

    Announcements may appear in certain locations before others because of different deadlines.

  2. Once applications are available, they may be picked up at your Choctaw Nation Community Center or downloaded from this webpage.
  3. Ensure you have completed the application and gathered all supporting required documentation.
  4. Turn in information on or before the due date. Applications are due two weeks before the pageant in your district.
  5. One-half (1/2) point deduction will be made for each required document not turned in with your application on or before the due date. This can make a significant difference when tallying points at the pageant.

District Miss Choctaw Nation and District Junior Miss Choctaw Nation will be based on six categories:

  • Goals as Princess
  • Beauty and Personality
  • Talent
  • Traditional Choctaw Dress/Attire (Oklahoma and Mississippi motifs acceptable/satin or cotton acceptable)
  • Interview (Royalty pageant only)
  • Impromptu Question (Royalty pageant only)

District Little Miss Choctaw Nation will be based on four categories:

  • Beauty and Personality
  • Traditional Choctaw Dress/Attire (Oklahoma and Mississippi motifs acceptable/satin or cotton acceptable)
  • Interview (Royalty pageant only)
  • Impromptu Question (Royalty pageant only)

Each Choctaw Nation District Miss and District Junior Miss contestant is required to perform one traditional talent of five (5) minutes duration or less, which shall relate to the traditional heritage, arts, crafts, etc. of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Traditional talent must be performed in authentic tribal dress/attire. No theatrical props, backup singers, dancers, or actors are allowed. No PowerPoint setup, wireless headsets, props, or musical instruments can be provided. District Little Miss contestants will not be judged in this category.

  • There will be a judging panel of three (3) judges
  • Each judge will receive a score sheet which will list each category
  • Each event will be worth up to 10 points
  • Each contestant will be judged strictly by her qualifications and talent
  • If there is a tie in total points, it will be the judges’ prerogative to determine the winner
  • The decision of the judges is final

There will be a winner of each division with a 1st and 2nd place runner-up:

  • Miss Choctaw Nation District Princess
  • Junior Miss Choctaw Nation District Princess
  • Little Miss Choctaw Nation District Princess

Each district winner will receive $450. In the event your application entry is the only one received by the District Princess Pageant Coordinator prior to the district pageant date, you shall be declared the winner of that district division. You shall be eligible to compete in the Choctaw Nation Royalty Pageant held at Tvshka Homma.

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Contact Information

580-642-7961

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