Miss Warm Springs

Miss Warm Springs Tradition

The Miss Warm Springs tradition started during the centennial celebration of the 1855 Treaty with the Middle Bands of Oregon when a pageant was held to select the Treaty Centennial Queen. Atwai Kathleen Heath was selected in that capacity and is considered to be the first Miss Warm Springs.

It was not until 1969 when the first Miss Warm Springs pageant was held. At that time, atwai Dorothy “Pebbles” George was selected as Miss Warm Springs. Since then, the pageant has been held annually with few exceptions. To date, forty women have served as Miss Warm Springs, including the current titleholder, Keeyana Yellowman.

Cultural Ambassador

Miss Warm Springs continues to serve as a cultural ambassador for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and as a role model for the community. She speaks at public functions in the community, regionally and nationally. Additionally, Miss Warm Springs attends local events like Lincoln’s Day and Pi-Ume-Sha pow-wows, Museum at Warm Springs functions, other tribal enterprise gatherings, as well as regional/national conferences. Nearly all titleholders compete annually in the Miss Indian World or other national pageants.

While titleholders are expected to attend local events, there is flexibility for the titleholder to participate in other events including rodeos, leadership conferences and more. This provides the titleholder with the opportunity to craft her own experience which is especially relevant for those young women who are in college and pursuing specific career objectives.

Interested candidates and titleholders are expected to have a deep cultural understanding of the Tribes, including:

  • their history,
  • traditional foods,
  • food ceremonies, and
  • their own respective tribal ceremonies.

To be eligible, candidates must be an enrolled tribal member, 18-24 years of age, alcohol and drug free and never co-habitated.

The Miss Warm Springs Titleholders

1950 Kathleen Heath
1950 Kathleen Heath

1976 - Sara Greene (Gonzalez)
1976 – Sara Greene (Gonzalez)

1979 – Sally Rhoan
1979 – Sally Rhoan

1982 – Lyda Scott (Flowers)
1982 – Lyda Scott (Flowers)

1985 - Elfreda Mitchell
1985 – Elfreda Mitchell

1988 - Bridget Kalama
1988 – Bridget Kalama

1994 – Starla Green
1994 – Starla Green

1997 – Arlissa Rhoan
1997 – Arlissa Rhoan

2000 – Alyssa Macy
2000 – Alyssa Macy

2003 - Tilda Walsey
2003 – Tilda Walsey

2007 – Sallie Polk-Adams
2007 – Sallie Polk-Adams

2010 - Chloe Suppah
2010 – Chloe Suppah

2013 – Norene Sampson
2013 – Norene Sampson

2016- Keeyana Yellowman “Alawiikt”
2016- Keeyana Yellowman “Alawiikt”

1969 – Dorothy George (Smith)
1969 – Dorothy George (Smith)

1977 - Aurolyn Stwyer
1977 – Aurolyn Stwyer

1980 - Minnie Yahtin
1980 – Minnie Yahtin

1983 - Lenora Starr
1983 – Lenora Starr

1986 - Lana Shike (Leonard)
1986 – Lana Shike (Leonard)

1991 - Nicole Clemens
1991 – Nicole Clemens

1995 - Agnes Wolfe
1995 – Agnes Wolfe

1998 - Jocelyn Moses
1998 – Jocelyn Moses

2001 - Adrienne Merrifield
2001 – Adrienne Merrifield

2004 - Christine Johnson
2004 – Christine Johnson

2008 - Cyrille Mitchell
2008 – Cyrille Mitchell

2011 - Tamera Moody
2011 – Tamera Moody

2014 – Charmaine Billey
2014 – Charmaine Billey

1971 - Debbie Jackson
1971 – Debbie Jackson

1978 – Jackie Estimo
1978 – Jackie Estimo

1981 – Trudee Clements
1981 – Trudee Clements

1984 - Lena Ike
1984 – Lena Ike

1987 – Sara Scott
1987 – Sara Scott

1992 –1993 Merle Kirk
1992 –1993 Merle Kirk

1996 - Sunmiet Minnick
1996 – Sunmiet Minnick

1999 - Rebecca Soliz
1999 – Rebecca Soliz

2002 - Cecelia Herrera
2002 – Cecelia Herrera

2006 - Nicole Stwyer
2006 – Nicole Stwyer

2009 - Sisiley Scott
2009 – Sisiley Scott

2012 – Jaycelene Frank
2012 – Jaycelene Frank

2015 – Suzanne Slockish McConnville
2015 – Suzanne Slockish McConnville

Who is Eligible?

  1. Applicants must be 18-24 years of age and/or reach the age of 18 before the Miss Warm Springs Pageant.
  2. Applicants must never have been married, cohabitated or have dependents.
  3. Must be alcohol and drug free.
  4. Be an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and a resident of the reservation for at least one year.
  5. Must maintain residency on the reservation for at least one year after she wins the title. If titleholder is current attending school, arrangements will need to be made with the Committee regarding residency. In most cases, all titleholders are expected to reside on the reservation during the summer months.
  6. Always maintain and present oneself in a proper and responsible manner throughout the pageant and reign.
  7. If currently a student have good attendance and be on track to graduate.
  8. Serve as an ambassador and role model for the Nation and making herself available to attend and participate in local, regional, and national conferences, events, pageants, and public relations functions scheduled by Tribal Council, the Museum at Warm Springs, and other tribal enterprises and programs when requested or scheduled by the Miss Warm Springs Coordinator.
  9. Work with Coordinator to develop a schedule of activities for the year including participation in the Miss Indian World pageant. Travel will be done within the appropriated budget for Miss Warm Springs.
  10. Titleholder is required to participate in fundraising activities to support travel expenses.
  11. Provide quarterly written updates on activities to be printed in the Spilyay Tymoo.
  12. If the contestant holds another title and selected to be Miss Warm Springs, she must attend and represent The Confederated Tribes as Miss Warm Springs if the Tribe is financing the particular trip or event.
  13. If for some reason Miss Warm Springs cannot meet her obligations, her alternate shall represent the tribes for the remainder of the reign. The Miss Warm Springs crown and banner will be made available to the alternate to finish the reign.

Online Forms

2017 Miss Warm Springs Application

Applications are due December 16, 2016. Questions and completed applications can be emailed to Starla Green, Miss Warm Springs Coordinator at starla.green@wstribes.org.

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