Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation 2021-2022
Claudia Taylor McHenry
Claudia Taylor McHenry is Wind clan, a member of the Tvlwvmocvse tribal town and a member of the Helvpe Kinvte ceremonial ground. Her parents are Arlene Isham and Joe McHenry. Her maternal grandparents are the late Christine and Billy Wolfe. Her paternal grandparents are Jessie Cox and Arthur McHenry. Claudia graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2020 with a Bachelors of Business Administration. She is currently attending the College of the Muscogee Nation where she is pursuing a certification in the Mvskoke Opunakv (Muscogee Language). She is also studying for her entrance exams to begin law school.
Claudia enjoys sewing traditional Mvskoke clothing, spending time with her family, meeting new people, volunteering, making jokes, and attending stomp dances. Claudia is a recipient of the 2020 United National Indian and Tribal Youth (UNITY) 25 under 25 award, the 2020 Mvskoke Women’s Leadership College Student of the Year award, and was the 2018-2019 Miss Native American UCO. She is a member of the Youth Move Change Initiative Council as well as a member of the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council. Claudia’s platform as Miss is to promote cultural identity. Claudia is passionate about the Mvskoke culture and language and hopes to promote the urgency to learn and appreciate it to youth throughout her reign.
Jr Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation 2021-2022
Gabrielle Manuelita Noriega
Gabrielle (Gabby) Noriega is of the Wind clan and a member the Duck Creek ceremonial ground. Her parents are Trina and Carlos Noriega. Her hometown is Glenpool, OK. Gabby proudly attends the Eufaula Dormitory and currently a Sophomore at Eufaula High School. She is a former Jr. Miss Native American Student Association (NASA) Princess at Glenpool Public Schools, National Junior Honors Society member, and she also plays softball for her school and competitive softball on weekends. Gabby plays 3rd base and catcher.
Gabby hopes to become either a pediatrician or aerospace technician.
She enjoys being a part of her ceremonial ground and loves her family there. Gabby’s platform as Jr. Miss is the prevention of COVID-19. Her hope is to educate youth on the importance of protecting themselves so that they can protect their families and communities. Gabrielle is a hard worker in everything she does, she loves a challenge. Gabby is very thankful and very appreciative that she has been selected as the 2021-2022 Jr. Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Attended the banquet at RiverSpirit in Tulsa, OK and heard from Guest Speaker Emmanuel Bezzell.
Saturday, June 12, 2021, the Muscogee Royalty were present for the Tree dedication for the loss of Tulsa Creek Indian Community members due to COVID-19.
Jr Miss Gabby attended the Little Library dedication along with the President of the College of the Muscogee Nation (Dr Monte Randall), the MCN Principal Chief (David Hill), Poet Laureate (Joy Harjo) and MCN Second Chief (Del Beaver).
Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation Claudia and Jr Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation Gabrielle at the 2021 Miss Oklahoma Pageant in Tulsa, OK.
Miss Claudia and Jr Miss Gabby posing in front of the old council house during the Pecan Festival 2021.
2021-2022 Miss Claudia McHenry and Jr Miss Gabrielle Noriega signing the contracts to become official.
The crowning of 2021 Miss Claudia McHenry and Jr Miss Gabrielle Noriega during the 2021 Pageant.