Q) Congratulations! You are truly a beauty, inside and out! Please tell us about yourself? What do you want us to know about you?

Thank you so much! My name is Raven Morgan. I am the 20 year old daughter of Victor Morgan Sr. and LaRenda Morgan. The most important relationship in my life is with our Creator. I am a student at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Native American Studies: Emphasis in Tribal Governance and Policy. I love hanging out with my loved ones, being involved in the community, my culture, being a student, powwow dancer, and most importantly, being an auntie to my nephew!!! My princess titles include: 2007 Oklahoma Indian Biker Club Princess, 2008 Jr Miss Indian Oklahoma City, 2010-2011 Pawnee Nation Princess, 2012 Jr Miss Indian Oklahoma, 2014 Miss Indian Oklahoma City. I currently serve as the Native American Marine Corps Veterans Association Princess. I am grateful for my loved ones, relatives, friends, and all servicemen and servicewomen. Thank you for all that you have done and do.

Q) What is your tribal heritage and affiliation? For those who might not know a lot about your tribe, what would you want them to know about your people?

I am Pawnee and Cheyenne, as well as a few other tribes. One thing that's interesting about both of those tribes is that they used to be enemies on the plains and have a long, interesting history and now, there are tons of Pawnee/Cheyenne couples. I am the result of one!

Q) Culture and tradition is so important! What are some ways that you incorporate your tribal lifeways into your life?

I dance southern traditional at powwows. My regalia is all Cheyenne. I do have a set of Pawnee beadwork and dress as well. I began dancing when I was about 6 or 7 and haven't stopped since. Dancing in the arena is one of my favorite things in this world. I also bead, which is my main love besides family time, dancing, and school. I have Cheyenne language CD's that I'll listen to, as well as Pawnee tapes. I try to pick up words every now and then. I also like to learn about my tribes history, ceremony, government, etc. I also am very involved in the Native community at the University of Oklahoma. I serve on the executive board of directors for the American Indian Student Association and am a part of the sisterhood of Gamma Delta Pi, the only Native sorority on campus!

Q) What do powwows mean to you? Why do you think powwows are important?

Powwows to me are strictly social and for fun!! Powwows mean that I have a place to be myself. Sometimes attending a University can be intimidating and it seems easy to lose sight of why I actually am in school but when I am at a powwow, dancing, surrounded by other Natives I always am reminded. My people are why I am in school. I want to help. I want to serve. I want to always do what I can for my people. Plus, it's always fun dancing, meeting new people, and traveling for sure.

Q) What was it like when you heard the announcement that you won? Has your life changed since then? If so, how?

I actually got a call from my mom while I was at OU that I had been asked to serve as the Native American Marine Corps Veterans Association Princess. My mom accepted for me of course! This title had always been one that I hoped I would be able to represent. My grandpa Tom Morgan (Pawnee) is a member of this organization. They serve as color guard for many, many different events and powwows in Oklahoma and they always had their princess behind them. Whoever it was, always looked sharp and was respectful and polite. I had never expected to be asked because that was it, you had to be asked. You had to be a young woman that the organization felt would represent them in the best way possible, someone who the organization saw potential in as a person to uphold their standards. It is an absolute honor to represent the Native American Marine Corps Veterans Association. They're Marines!!!! They're all very respected men and so it's important that I do my very best to represent them wherever I go. My life has changed! At powwows and different events, If I have my silver crown with the USMC emblem on it, veterans and veteran's families will come up and speak to me, which is always an honor. I definitely have to be ready for grand entry earlier! I have to make sure I look almost perfect because once again, hello! They're Marines!

Q) What are some of the experiences that you are having as a titleholder? We'd enjoy hearing some of your stories!!

This is my 6th title so as far as new experiences, there are only a few! With this title, I do get asked if I am a Marine quite often which is funny to answer "no" to because I have on a crown with the USMC emblem on it and a sash that has the emblem on it as well! It's fun to dance in behind the organization when they serve as color guard.

Q) What's next after your reign?

I am not sure exactly, whatever and wherever the Creator takes or brings me!

Q) What's the best advice you've ever received? What piece of advice are you glad that you DID NOT follow?

The best advice I've ever received was to always carry lipstick and hairspray!!

Q) Do you see yourself as a role model to other Native Americans? How does that make you feel? What do you hope others learn from your example?

Being told I'm someone's role model or that they look up to me is one of the most amazing feelings ever. I definitely had/have a list of Native women that I looked up to growing up. I have very strong Native women on both sides of my family. I think it's important for young Native girls in today's society to be able to see the things that they can achieve and heights that they can reach in their education, career, tribe through a role model! I am definitely not perfect and am constantly working on bettering myself. I hope others learn from my example of being honest, genuine, and true to themselves! My parents have instilled those 3 things in my life.

Q) What advice would you give someone just starting out in pageants and/or powwows? What do you wish you knew before you started?

You can do anything you set your mind to! That sounds corny but it's honestly the truth. Always stay positive. Always practice. Always SMILE.

Q) Anything else you'd like to share with us?

Thank you so much for interviewing me!

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