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The first meeting of the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women was hosted in 1969 by Alice and Boyce Timmons and Georgeann Robinson. Over fifty women of different tribes came together on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman to form a statewide organization of Indian women.

The organization was founded under a state charter on April 17, 1972. A constitution was written with the stated 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.”

The Federation began the Miss Indian Oklahoma pageant in 1973, with Deana Harragarra crowned as the first MIO. In 1983, the Junior Miss Indian Oklahoma pageant was initiated as a fundraiser for the organization.

Since that time both pageants have grown into pageants emphasizing not only the beauty of the American Indian women but also the scholastic achievements, cultural traditions, and current issues currently effect American Indian women and their communities.

The Federation has grown and changed with the times but still remains true to the original purpose. A wide range of programs are conducted including the annual series of events featuring the two title competitions, statewide award ceremony, and an honor powwow. The events are held annually in a weekend series showcasing the finest traits and talents of the American Indian.

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- 4 Logs going 4 Directions -
Representing the Indian women across the state of Oklahoma

- 4 Flames & 4 Winds -
The light of determination of The Federation

- Circular Shapes -
Representing the Sun, Moon & Earth 

- Smoke & Wind -
Carries the ideas and determination of the OFIW in all directions
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