Darrell Proctor II/MNYC Speaker
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Hensci! It has been a busy month for the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council (MNYC).
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Scholarship Pageant was held on May 20 at Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort. Congratulations to all the contestants and to our new Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation Nina Fox and Jr. Miss MCN, MNYC member Louisa Harjo.
MNYC was well represented in the pageant. Other MNYC members participating were Alexis McHenry (Miss Runner-Up), Michaela Carr and Mahiya Ramirez (Miss Congeniality). We are very proud of all of the contestants who competed and we know they will continue to do great things for our Nation.
On May 25, MNYC members had the opportunity to volunteer at the Senior Games, which took place at the Omniplex in Okmulgee. Everyone enjoyed helping out with the games, serving lunch and visiting with our Mvskoke elders. We look forward to any new opportunities to serve our elders in the future.
We are looking forward to the third annual Mvskoke Youth Awards. It will be held June 9 at the Mound Building starting at 2 p.m. We will also be celebrating the MNYC’s third year anniversary as well as other Mvskoke youth and adults who are making an impact for Mvskoke youth.
Congratulations to Nancy Deere-Turney on being selected for the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of emerging human rights leaders to discuss minority issues. Mvto to you for doing a great job representing MCN!
MNYC has had many members who have graduated from different areas of education. We would like to recognize and congratulate them for all of their hard work.
Blayne Allen graduated from Sequoyah High School. He will be attending Illinois College where he will study health science and play football.
Erin Bunner graduated from Preston High School. She will be attending Dartmouth University, where she will study government/Native American studies.
Kintv Deere graduated from Okemah High School. She plans to pursue a degree in digital media.
Jay Fife graduated from Preston High School. He will be attending Yale University, where he will study linguistics and/or race, ethnic, migration studies.
Iesha Phillips graduated from Jenks High School. She will be attending Oberlin University where she will study law and society with a pre-med track.
Michaela Carr graduated from the College of the Muscogee Nation with an associate degree in tribal services with a focus in health services.
Ashleigh Fixico graduated from Dartmouth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American studies modified with Spanish.
MNYC will be active during the MCN Festival. We will be in the parade as well as selling snow cones and raffle tickets to win some traditional items made by the MNYC members. We are also bringing back the dunk tank, where you can take a chance on dunking your favorite National Council and MNYC reps. We hope to see you there!
Mvtekusen makit! Mvto!
MNYC meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Mvskoke Nation Youth Services Office, which is located at 112 E. 6th St. in Okmulgee. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining MNYC, please contact Youth Services at: 918-549-2557 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @mvskokeyc2015.