Annual Indian Taco Championship accepting contestants

BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
02/04/2019 08:15 AM
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Cherokee Nation citizen Annette Mankiller puts out two containers with Indian tacos during the 2018 Cherokee National Holiday. She and United Keetoowah Band citizen William Luethje own and operate Fry Bread Factory, which serves Indian tacos and fry bread that have won at the annual Indian Taco Championship. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Dishes of Indian tacos made by the Fry Bread Factory, of Stilwell, are ready to be judged at the 2018 annual Indian Taco Championship in Pawhuska. The contest is currently accepting contestants. COURTESY
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William Luethje, of the Fry Bread Factory, prepares dough he will use to make fry bread during the 2018 Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah. The Fry Bread Factory has competed in recent years at the Indian Taco Championship in Pawhuska. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Fry bread made by the Fry Factory is ready to be served. Indian Taco Championship organizers recently announced the date for its next competition, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 in Pawhuska. COURTESY
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Cherokee Nation citizen Annette Mankiller gives a customer an Indian taco during the 2018 Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah. Mankiller and her partner William Luethje own and operate the Fry Bread Factory, which has competed in the annual Indian Taco Championship in Pawhuska. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
PAWHUSKA – Indian Taco Championship organizers are accepting contestants for its next competition, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5.

Organizers said the 2018 Indian Taco Championship held on Oct. 6 was “a big success.” The event attracted 30 contestants and 40 vendors along with visitors from around the region.

“What an amazing turnout this event was, and we are so thankful for all the volunteers and contestants who make this even possible,” Jared Lemmons, National Indian Taco Championship chairman, said. “We had our biggest year yet. This event has been held in Pawhuska and keeps gaining more attraction. We appreciate all of our vendors, contestants and amazing dance competitors.”

As part of the annual event, there’s also a Native American dance competition with prizes awarded.

Lemmons said organizers are accepting contestant entries for both competitions for this year.

“We are accepting sponsorship, vendors, and contestants already. We have 11 signed up,” he said.

Competing under the name “Fry Bread Factory,” Cherokee Nation citizen Annette Mankiller and United Keetoowah Band citizen William Luethje, of Stilwell, were among last year’s Indian taco competitors and placed third after winning the competition in 2017.

“Although this was only our second year to enter the competition, we’ve placed both times,” Mankiller said.

The 2018 winners were Francis Soxie (first), Strike Axe (second) and Fry Bread Factory (third). First place receives $1,500, second place $1,000 and third place $500.

Strike Axe also won the “People’s Choice Award,” which included a $1,000 prize.

Mankiller said during the contest competitors are given an assigned number to hide their identity from the judges.

“You are then given around 10 bowls to place your Indian taco in for the first round of judging. From that first round the finalists are chosen to compete in the final round to determine first, second and third place,” she said. “You are given more bowls for the final round of judging and have a short amount of time to get your flight in for judging. It is very exciting. We enjoy what we do and are looking forward to the next competition.”

She said for 2019 she and Luethje plan to focus more on setting up locally as much as possible to sell their Indian tacos and fry bread. For more information or to place an order, call 918-507-0089 or search “Fry Bread Factory” on Facebook.

“We will still be setting up for a select few bigger events that we have been asked to come back for,” she said.

For more information, call the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce at 918-287-1208.
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ᎠᏂᏩᏌᏏ - ᎠᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᏯᏂ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏐᎢ ᎠᏓᎪᏅᏙᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏴᏫᏯ ᏔᎪᏍ ᎤᎾᏓᏎᎪᎩᏍᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ 5Ꮑ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ 10 ᎠᏟᏱᎵᏒ ᏏᎾᎴ 4 ᎠᏟᏱᎵᏒ ᏒᎯᏰ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 2018 ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ 6Ꮑ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎸᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏴᏫᏯ ᏔᎪᏍ ᎤᎾᏓᏎᎪᎩᏍᎬᎢ “ᏬᏓᎪᎾᏛ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᎩ” ᎠᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏄᏂᏪᏒᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎸ 30 ᎢᏯᏂ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ 40 ᎢᎳᏂ ᎠᏂᎾᏕᏒᎲᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎷᏟᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᎾᏃ ᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᏠᏯᏍᏔᏅᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᏂᎾ ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏓᎴᏅᎯ.

“ᏙᏳ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗ ᎢᎦ ᏴᏫ ᎤᏁᎷᏨᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᏙᏣᎵᎮᎵᏤ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᏱᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏄᏅᏁᎸᎩ,” Jared Lemmons, ᎠᏰᎵ ᏴᏫᏯ ᏔᎪᏍ ᎤᎾᏓᏎᎪᎩᏍᎬᎢ ᏧᏓᏘᎿᎢ, ᏄᏪᏒᎩ. “ᎯᎠᏃ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏪᏮᎢ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᎩ. ᎠᎭᏂ ᎠᏂᏩᏌᏏ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎰᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏟ ᎢᎦᎢ ᏴᏫ ᎠᏂᎷᎦ ᏏᏃ ᎧᏁᏉᏤᎩ. ᏙᏣᎵᎮᎵᏤ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᎾᏕᏒᎲᏍᎩ, ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏙᏳ ᏗᏍᏆᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎢ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎩ.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎾᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎯᎢᎾᎢ ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏗ, ᎾᏍᏉᏃ ᏅᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎩᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᎢ ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎠᏥᎸᏉᏔᏅᎩ ᎠᏌᏍᏔᏅᎯ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎠᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᏯᏂ ᎢᏧᎳ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏖᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ Lemmons ᏄᏪᏒᎩ. “ᎦᏳᎳ ᏙᏥᏯᏂᎭ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᏂᏜᎲᏍᎩ, ᎠᏂᎾᏕᏒᎲᏍᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎩ. 11 ᎢᏯᏂᎢ ᏚᎾᏙᎥ ᏧᏃᏪᎳᏅᎯ, ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᏄᏪᏒᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᎾᏙᎯᏓ ᎠᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎩ “ᎬᏣᏝᏅ ᎦᏚ ᎤᏃᏢᏗ,” ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎵ Annette Mankiller ᎠᎴ William Luethje, ᏍᏗᎳᏪᎵ ᏂᏓᏳᏂᎶᏒᎢ, ᎡᏘ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎤᎾᏖᎳᏛ ᏴᏫᏯ ᏔᎪᏍ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᏴᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 2017 ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏍᏒ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏔᏅᎩ ᎤᏓᏠᏒᎢ.

“ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ ᎯᎠ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬ ᎣᏍᎦᎾᏖᎳᏛᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ, ᎡᏧᎳ ᎢᏳᏩᏔ ᎣᎩᎾᏓᏴᏍᏓᏁᎸᎩ,” Mankiller ᏄᏪᏒᎩ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ 2018 ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ Francis Soxie (ᎠᎬᏱ) ᎤᎾᏓᏠᏒ, Strike Axe (ᏔᎵᏁ) ᎠᎴ ᎬᏣᏝᏅ ᎦᏚ ᎤᏃᏢᏗ, (ᏦᎢᏁ). ᎠᎬᏱ ᎤᏓᏠᏒ $1,500 ᏚᏓᏒᏅᎩ, ᏔᎵᏁ ᎤᏓᏠᏒ $1,000 ᏚᏓᏒᏅᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏦᎢᏁ $500 ᏚᏓᏒᏅᎩ.

Strike Axe ᎾᏍᏉ ᎤᏓᏠᏒ “ᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᏑᏰᏛ ᎠᏥᎸᏉᏔᏅᎩ,” ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏛ $1,000 ᎠᏌᏍᏔᏅᎯ.

Mankiller ᏄᏪᏒᎢ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎠᏓᎪᎾᏙᏗ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎩ ᏕᎨᏥᏅᏁᎰ ᎠᏎᏍᏗ ᏕᎨᏥᏲᎯᏎᎰ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏓᏙᏟᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏅᏍᎦᎸᏁᎰ ᏗᎫᎪᏗᏍᎩ.

“10 ᎤᏅᏪᏓ ᏗᏖᎵᏙ ᏓᎾᏓᏁᎰ ᎾᎿ ᏴᏫᏯ ᏔᎪᏍ ᏫᏣᎳᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᎬᏱ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎬ ᏓᏄᎪᏗᏍᎪᎢ. ᎠᎬᏱ ᏂᏛᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎬᏱ ᎠᏁᏙᎯ ᎨᎦᏑᏍᎪᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎾᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏂᎢ ᎠᎵᏍᏆᏙᎲᏍᎩ ᏗᎫᎪᏙᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎬᏱ, ᏔᎵᏁ, ᎠᎴ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎤᏂᏴᏍᏔᏅᎩ,” ᎠᎨᏯ ᏄᏪᏒᎩ. “ᎤᏟ ᎢᎦᎢ ᏓᎾᏓᏁᎰ ᎤᏅᏪᏓ ᏗᏕᎵᏙ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏂ ᎠᎵᏍᏆᏙᎲᏍᎬ ᎢᏗᏟ ᏓᏄᎪᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏍᏆᎳᎢᎨᏍᏗ ᎤᏓᎷᎶ ᎠᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏧᏄᎪᏙᏗᎢ. ᏙᏳ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎨᏐᎢ. ᎣᎩᎸᏉᏓ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎬᏱᏗᏢ ᎣᏥᎦᏖᏃᎰ ᏐᎢ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ.”

ᎾᏍᎩᎾᎢ 2019 ᎾᎢ ᎠᎨᏯ ᎠᎴ Luethje ᏓᏄᎪᏓ ᎾᎢ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏟ ᎢᎦᎢ ᎡᏍᎦᏂᎨᏍᏗ ᎤᏃᏢᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎪᎯᎸᏉ ᏱᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗ ᏴᏫᏯ ᏔᎪᏍ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏣᏝᏅ ᎦᏚ. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏟ ᎢᎦᎢ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᎥᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎥᏓᏅᏍᏗ, ᏫᎨᎯᏏᎳᏛᏏ 918-507-0089 ᎠᎴ ᎠᏱᏍᏗ “ᎬᏣᏝᏅ ᎦᏚ ᎤᏃᏢᏗ” ᎾᎿᎢ ᎤᎧᏛ ᎪᏪᎳ.

“ᏏᏊᏃ ᎣᏍᏓᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᎦᏲᎵᎨ ᏗᏑᏰᏓ ᏧᏔᎾ ᏓᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᎩᎾᏛᏛᏅ ᎣᎩᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᎨᏯ ᏄᏪᏒᎩ.

ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏟ ᎢᎦᎢ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᎥᏍᎩ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏫᏏᎳᏛᎦ ᎠᏂᏩᏌᏏ ᎠᏂᎾᏔᏅᎥᏍᎬ ᎤᏂᏴᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᎿᎢ 918-287-1208.

– TRANSLATED BY JOHN ROSS

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Will lives in Tahlequah, Okla., but calls Marble City, Okla., his hometown. He is Cherokee and San Felipe Pueblo and grew up learning the Cherokee language, traditions and culture from his Cherokee mother and family. He also appreciates his father’s Pueblo culture and when possible attends annual traditional dances held on the San Felipe Reservation near Albuquerque, N.M.

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Will lives in Tahlequah, Okla., but calls Marble City, Okla., his hometown. He is Cherokee and San Felipe Pueblo and grew up learning the Cherokee language, traditions and culture from his Cherokee mother and family. He also appreciates his father’s Pueblo culture and when possible attends annual traditional dances held on the San Felipe Reservation near Albuquerque, N.M. He e ...

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