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21 year old Madison Whitekiller, a Northeastern State University student and former Junior Miss Cherokee from Verdigris, is the 2017-18 Miss Cherokee.

Whitekiller was crowned Saturday during a leadership competition at Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Tahlequah.

As Miss Cherokee, Whitekiller will represent the Cherokee Nation as a goodwill ambassador to promote the government, history, language and culture of the tribe for the next year. 

Madison Whitekiller is an American of Native ancestry, crowned the 2017-18 Miss Cherokee on August 26, 2017. She will represent the Cherokee Nation as a goodwill ambassador to promote the history and culture of the Cherokee tribe for the next year, she competed against six other young women for the Miss Cherokee crown in a competition held each year in conjunction with the Cherokee National Holiday. The competition judges contestants on their use of the Cherokee language, their cultural and platform presentations, their responses to impromptu questions. For her cultural presentation during the competition, Whitekiller focused on empowering Cherokee women through the traditional Cherokee story of why the corn husk doll has no face. Whitekiller, from Claremore, Oklahoma, is a student at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, she served as Junior Miss Cherokee 2015-16. Young and Cherokee - Madison Whitekiller

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