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The Miss & Mr. Indian OU Pageant takes place in the spring semester of the school year. The application is open to any undergraduate male or female student willing to serve the following academic year at OU. The pageant is a scholarship pageant recognizing the cultural knowledge, academic achievements and dedication to the Native and Indigenous community. Previous MMIOU winners have successfully accomplished many various triumphs professionally and personally.

Questions regarding the pageant can be addressed to the Coordinator of American Indian Programs & Services, Antonia Belindo at antonia.belindo@ou.edu.

The Office of American Indian Programs & Services Announces 2020 - 2021 Miss & Mr. Indian OU

June 1, 2020

The Office of American Indian Programs & Services would like to announce and congratulate Ms. Celena George and Mr. Adarius Begay as the royalty to serve the Native and Indigenous community for the year 2020 - 2021. The Coordinator of American Indian Programs & Services expresses pride in the outgoing 2019 - 2020 royalty Miss Indian OU Sadie Littlecreek and Mr. Indian OU Asher Stephens-Ticman. The gratitude in directly seeing the impact of Sadie and Asher’s leadership and commitment to represent their family, community, and fellow students has been an honor. Since the unprecedented global pandemic of COVID-19, the organizational plans for a pageant could not be brought to completion in the spring semester of 2020. A reception to honor the royalty and allow family, friends, and tribal leaders to attend will be held at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester. Congratulations to our Miss & Mr. Indian OU 2020 - 2021!

Celena George

Celena Monae George is a member of the Cherokee Nation and affiliates with the Choctaw Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Delaware Nation, and is BirdCreek Shawnee. She is the daughter of David George, freelance artist currently residing in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and the pianist, Luleda Rose West of Concho, Oklahoma. In 2018 she graduated from The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas. During high school Celena became interested in learning how impressionable the mind becomes simply by the advertisements and marketing that an advertising team creates. This attraction of creativity and business collaboration led to her decision to major in Advertising at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to studying this industry, Celena is minoring in Enterprise Studies to further understand the social sciences. With this education she plans on launching an advertising agency of her own so she will be able to assist Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs in reaching their full potential. She is involved in the OU American Indian Student Association, the Native American Journalism Association and is a member of the Panhellenic women’s fraternity, Alpha Gamma Delta. She values integrity, honesty, creativity and growth. She does her best to integrate these values through her daily life. Outside of the university, Celena has worked in customer service for three years and continues to do so because she enjoys not only the interactions with guests and patrons, but also the opportunity to practice impromptu problem-solving skills. Apart from work, she exercises and takes time to be creative because she believes that it helps to maintain a healthy heart, mind and body. She plans on using her drive and motivation behind the Miss Indian OU title to impact the university community, hoping to unite those communities that have been alienated from one another far too long.

Adarius Begay

Yá' át' ééh (Hello), my name is Adarius Begay. I am Diné and an enrolled member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. My clans are Naałaní (Plains Tribe - Assiniboine Sioux/Kiowa/Cherokee), born for Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House), Maternal Grandfather is Táchii'nii (Red Running Into the Water People), and Paternal Grandfather is Naakai Dine'é (The Mexican Clan). I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and have direct family extending from Parker to Nazlini and Howell Mesa, Arizona. I am entering my senior year at the University of Oklahoma studying Computer Science. Since my arrival I have been actively involved with the Native American community through the American Indian Student Association (AISA), American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), and the Society of Native American Gentlemen (SNAG). During my time I have held executive positions with all three of these organizations, including being the Region 4 Representative for AISES. I have also assisted with events put on by the Diversity and Inclusion Program, American Indian Program Services, and eating all the wonderful food that has been provided by the Native American Studies Department. During my free time I enjoy rollerblading, playing video games, and watching movies. My platform for Mr Indian OU is Recruitment and Retention of Native American students to the OU campus, and with all of my involvement throughout my years here I believe I can be a great advocate for all that OU has to offer Native American students. I am looking forward to this next year and I cannot wait to meet many more people. Ahéhee' (Thank you) and have a wonderful day.

2019-2020 Miss Indian OU Sadie Littlecreek

Sadie Rachelle Littlecreek, a Junior at the University of Oklahoma. She is majoring in Global Management with a minor in Non-Profit Organizations and Pre-Law. She is an enrolled member of the Absentee Shawnee tribe of Oklahoma. However, she is a descendent of the Sac & Fox Nation, Iowa tribe of Oklahoma, Otoe- Missouria tribe, and Muskogee creek. Her name is Tha Thay Guam Me Ce given to her by her late great grandmother Marie Gibson. She is active in the Native Community on campus. She served as Vice-President for the American Indian student Association (2019-2020) and Miss Indian OU (2019-2020). Her platform was Native American Mental Health Awareness with a focus on Native teen suicide prevention. She enjoys exercising, sewing, and spending time with her friends. She has valued her time being Miss Indian OU. It has taught her how to be a better person and leader. She is especially thankful for everyone who has helped support her throughout her reign.