MIAMI, Okla. — Pawhuskan Robynn Rulo, sophomore at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, was crowned 2013 Miss Indian Oklahoma after winning Miss Indian NEO on May 4 at the First Council Event Center in Newkirk, Okla.
Rulo plans on completing an additional year at NEO to earn a degree in Native Studies.
"I am so pleased with the way Robynn Rulo has represented Northeastern A&M College and the American Indian Center for Excellence as Miss Indian NEO," said Claudia Little Axe, AICE cultural specialist. "She exemplifies how to be successful in the Native American world, in mainstream society, and in the educational setting. Ms. Rulo will do great things in the future, and I am so proud that I have gotten to work so closely with her."
Rulo is a member of the Osage, Delaware, Quapaw and Shawnee tribes. She made the Deans’ Honor Roll and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Rulo serves as president of the AICE Advisory Club, treasurer of NASA, and she also served on a student panel for the Native American Student Transfer National Symposium in October.
"I’m humbled and honored to be representing my tribes as well as all other tribes within Oklahoma, as well as the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women," Rulo said.
She is a member of the Social Work Club and assisted with training of the female basketball team last year. Rulo is a student member of the Internal Evaluation Team for NEO’s Title III grant.
The Miss Indian Oklahoma pageant is sponsored by The Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women. According to the website, the organization was founded on April 17, 1972 with this purpose: "The advancement of the economic and social welfare of the American Indian; the development of education and cultural programs; preservation of Indian culture and traditions; and to portray the true image of the American Indian."