PAWHUSKA – On the first Saturday in October, Indian taco makers from all over gathered in Pawhuska for the National Indian Taco Championship. 

This event offers plenty of activities for attendees. It has everything from local bands, crafts, games, Native American dancers and of course championship Indian tacos. This year there were two Cherokee teams competing in the event.

Fry Bread Factory from Tahlequah and Fry Bread Girls from Skiatook entered the competition. William Luethje with Fry Bread Factory competed in his first National Indian Taco Championship in 2017 and won first place. 

“The way I got started doing it goes back to when I was a little boy. My mom used to sell Indian tacos at powwows, festivals, Cherokee National Holiday, and so that’s where I got my roots,” he said. 

Fry Bread Factory travels to events throughout the year and keeps loyal followers up to date on its Facebook page at Fry Bread Factory LLC.

At this year’s championship, Fry Bread Factory claimed the third-place prize of $500. 

Fry Bread Girls competed in its first National Indian Taco Championship in 2019 and finished near the top of the “people’s choice” list. And though the team didn’t win this year, team members said the even has become a “tradition” for them. 

“We just, we love to cook together. That’s kind of our thing. These are my cousins. My mom and my cousins. Whenever we come together we always love to cook and be in the kitchen and laugh. Because of that we work as a well-oiled machine,” said Hanna Barbee of Fry Bread Girls.