Column: Oneida Nation crowns winners of the Miss Oneida pageant
"Delores Skenandore, 18, claimed the crown as 2010-11 Miss Oneida at the 43rd annual Miss and Junior Miss Oneida Pageant held recently at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Ashwaubenon.

Running on the platform of language preservation, she said, "It's said that the language could be gone if our generation doesn't pick it up. I love my culture, tribe and people — I just want to continue that for the next seven generations and beyond that."

The daughter of Raeann Skenandore and Chaz Wheelock, Delores attends the University of Wisconsin-Richland and enjoys working, softball and spending time with friends.

Winning the title of 2010-11 Junior Miss Oneida was Olivia Webster, 14. A former Lil' Miss Oneida, she attends Pulaski High School and enjoys spending time with her pets and swimming. In her new role, she wants to be a role model for kids and looks forward to meeting new people and discovering more about her culture and language. She is the daughter of Don and Jenny Webster.

LaRissa Shawanokasic is the new Lil' Miss Oneida. She is the daughter of Sheila Shawanokasic."

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Dian Page column: Miss Oneida pageant crowns 3 winners (The Green Bay Press-Gazette 8/3)