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The American Indian Center for Excellence (AICE) and the Native American Student Association (NASA) at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) recently hosted the annual Miss Indian NEO pageant and freshman Karley Jones (Quapaw Nation) from Scammon, Kan., was named as the 2021 Miss Indian NEO. The competition, in its tenth year since its re-introduction to campus, was open to female NEO students who met GPA requirements. Jones was selected for her involvement in NASA, pageant performance, academic success and Student Body Government. Along with the title and the chance to compete in the national competition, the Presidential Partners from NEO contributed a $200 scholarship to Jones.

“I am very excited to be selected as Miss Indian NEO for the second year, it means a lot to continue representing this school and the Quapaw Nation,” said Jones. “I can’t wait to see what the year brings and what I can accomplish.”  The pageant took place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day in conjunction with another event, a self-defense workshop conducted by Redcloud Anquoe. Greg Bilby, a traditional storyteller, served as the emcee for the event. For more information about AICE, contact Rachel Lloyd at rlloyd@neo.edu and for a full photo album, visit facebook.com/gogoneo.

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