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NEO student crowned 2013 Miss Indian Oklahoma

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(From left) Claudia Little Axe, AICE cultural specialist, Robynn Rulo, Miss Indian Oklahoma,and Hannah Berryman, AICE student liaison. (Photo courtesy of NEO) (From left) Claudia Little Axe, AICE cultural specialist, Robynn Rulo, Miss Indian Oklahoma,and Hannah Berryman, AICE student liaison. (Photo courtesy of NEO)

News release issued by Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College:

Miami,Okla. – Monday, May 13, 2013 – Robynn Rulo, sophomore at Northeastern OklahomaA&M College (NEO) was crowned 2013 Miss Indian Oklahoma after winning MissIndian NEO.

Miss Indian NEO, Robynn Rulo, was crowned 2013 MissIndian Oklahoma on May 4 at the First Council Event Center in Newkirk, Okla.

Rulo is a sophomore at NEO from Pawhuska, Okla. Ruloplans on completing an additional year at NEO to earn a degree in NativeStudies.

"I am so pleased with the way Robynn Rulo has representedNortheastern A&M College and the American Indian Center for Excellence asMiss Indian NEO," said Claudia Little Axe, AICE cultural specialist. "She exemplifieshow to be successful in the Native American world, in mainstream society, andin the educational setting. Ms. Rulo will do great things in the future, and Iam so proud that I have gotten to work so closely with her."

Rulo is a member of the Osage, Delaware, Quapaw andShawnee tribes. She made the Deans' Honor Roll and is a member of the Phi ThetaKappa Honor Society. Rulo serves as president of the AICE Advisory Club, treasurerof NASA, and she also served on a student panel for the Native American StudentTransfer National Symposium in October.

"I'm humbled and honored to be representing mytribes as well as all other tribes within Oklahoma, as well as the OklahomaFederation of Indian Women," Rulo said.

She is a member of the Social Work Club and assistedwith training of the female basketball team last year. Rulo is a student memberof the Internal Evaluation Team for NEO's Title III grant.

"It was an honor to watch Miss Robynn Rulo competeand win the title of Miss Indian Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Federation of IndianWomen chose the theme for the pageant to be "Women Gathering Strength." Ibelieve Robynn is a perfect example of a woman who gathers strength, throughher close relationship with her family, her dedication to her education, andher leadership skills demonstrate a woman who is dedicated to strengthening thepreservation of her culture."

The Miss Indian Oklahoma pageant is sponsored by TheOklahoma Federation of Indian Women. According to the website, the organizationwas founded under a state charter on April 17, 1972. A constitution was writtenwith the stated purpose: "The advancement of the economic and social welfare ofthe American Indian; the development of education and cultural programs;preservation of Indian culture and traditions; and to portray the true image ofthe American Indian."

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