By: Lani Hansen, Reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma– Mvskoke Media continues the series of “Former MCN princesses: Where are they now?” with series eight featuring Nina Fox. Fox served as Muscogee (Creek) Nation Princess in 2018-2019.
“It was a good experience, I got to learn a lot more about myself,” Fox said. “I got to make a lot of friends throughout the pageant. It was fun overall, just having that experience and support from all the girls.”
Fox was able to learn more about the girls who competed with her along with learning about her culture and getting different view points about the culture. When the pageant ended and they announced the winners, Fox said she did not realize they said her name so she just stood there.
“The girls said that’s you, and I was like oh. I was shocked,” Fox said.
During her reign Fox had the opportunity to travel outside of Oklahoma to visit other citizens, she went to the homelands in Georgia. She also had many speaking opportunites at different events, talking about her platform which was focused on Diabetes Awareness and Prevention.
“I had many opportunities to be with the youth,” Fox said. “I also had a couple events where I went to the library and had some interactions with some kids just doing physical activities and reading about healthy foods.”
Other activities she did to serve as Miss MCN was attend the Creek Nation festival, and as an active member of a ceremonial ground she participated in many stompdances indoor and outdoor.
As a princess Fox was also a freshman at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). She was a member of the Native American Student Association (NASA) and she was active with the Office of Diversity Inclusions (ODI).
After passing down her crown, Fox is continuing her education at UCO as a sophomore. She is currently serving as Miss Native American UCO, where she was crowned on Nov. 16, 2019.
“The staff in the ODI was encouraging me to go for it and a lot of my family wanted me to run for it,” Fox said on her current title. “I am very active with NASA, I serve on the executive board as Public Relations chair. So they said you are already active for it, so might as well run for the title too. So I had a lot of support which led me to run for it.”
Her pageant experience from MCN Princess to Miss Native American UCO was the same except Fox ran against girls who were different tribes. As Miss Native American UCO, she has attended a couple of events on campus to get the title out there and to start teaching about MCN.
“That is the tribe I am affiliated with and want to spread awareness about,” Fox said. “I have also done a couple of events with MCN, such as council meetings and stompdances. So slowly, but surely getting the name of the title out there.”
In closing Fox said, “It was a great opportunity for me to get myself out there, it was a growing opportunity for me to learn about my culture. It has made me who I am, and it was an honor to represent Creek Nation for a whole year.”
Stay tuned for the April 1 issue as we find out where the next former Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation Sunny Roberts-Hammer is now.