TEMPE, Ariz. – Karyl Frankiewicz, an EBCI tribal member, was crowned the 2018-19 Miss Native American USA on the evening of Friday, Aug. 24 at a pageant in Tempe, Ariz. Both a former Miss Cherokee and Miss Indian North Carolina, Frankiewicz commented, “I couldn’t believe it. I am so honored and blessed that I get to represent all the people throughout Indian Country.”
She obtained a degree in Early Childhood Education from Southwestern Community College and is currently the youth development professional at the Cherokee Youth Center. Her platform is autism awareness.
Frankiewicz is the second EBCI tribal member to hold the title as Kristina Hyatt was the 2015-16 Miss Native American USA.
Frankiewicz is the daughter of Melisa Arch and Quinton Frankiewicz and the granddaughter of Sheila Arch.
The first attendant for this year’s pageant was Sharona Eskeets (Dine’) from Provo, Utah; and the second attendant was Shannon Barnet (Muscogee Creek Nation) from Broken Arrow, Okla.
– Miss Native American USA