Lumbee Ambassadors


MISS LUMBEE 2018-2019

Erika Lyndsey Locklear

My journey of becoming Miss Lumbee isn't one that simply started a year before competing for this title, it began as a small child sitting in the audience of these life-changing Lumbee pageants. To obtain this goal, I have watched, listened to, and learned from the many tenacious Lumbee women that have come before me. It is because of the path they created that I am able to stand before you tonight confident in my reign and capable of overcoming whatever life has in store for me. I am honored to be a part of the strong women that make up the prestigious sisterhood of Miss Lumbee titleholders

This incredible experience as Miss Lumbee has definitely been one that I will never forget. I would’ve never been able to accomplish this goal without God along with the endless love and support from my family and friends. Mom and Dad, thank you so much for everything you do. Thank you for always supporting me in all of the goals I set for myself. I couldn't ask for better parents. I love you both more than words can say.

Ethan, Kaden, Kara, Eli, Grandma, all of my family, and Fullers crew that would take a whole page to name, thanks for being there for me through everything and loving me even when this year got crazy. I love you all! To Morgan and Aunt Demetrius, I can never put into words how grateful I am to have you both. You are consistently here for me with encouragement throughout every situation I encounter. I would not be here today if it wasn't for you, I love you.

To Mrs. Ranessa and Ms. Chris, thank you for the magic and genius you put into my regalia. There is no one like you. Also, thank you for the help throughout my year as well as during my preparation. Both of you are like family to me, I love you. To Ms. Lori, Ms. Sabrina, and all of the DP family thank you for the amazing routines, costumes, and support. I know my Charlotte family is always just a phone call away, I love you. Comfort, I could never thank you enough for all that you have done and continue to do for me. You are truly an angel on earth and I thank God every day that I have a friend like you, I love you.

Dr. Canida, Mr. Virgil, and Ms. Kristy thank you for helping me prepare for interview. I was able to feel confident and calm during my Miss Lumbee interview and for the duration of my reign. To Sam and Sheena at EyeCandy photography, thank you both for the beautiful photoshoots throughout the year. To Mrs. Millicent Clark, thank for the most beautiful beadwork I have ever seen. Thank you for your constant guidance and for all of the knowledge you have shared with me this year.

To my best friends Madison, Taley, Colton, Jonica, Bre, Taylor, Ricky, and Keno thank you all for being there for me. I appreciate all of the lunches, calls, and laughs during this year because I could have never made it through without you all. I am forever thankful for your friendship. I love you all to the moon and back. Isaac, I can’t begin to describe how important you have been to me during this year. Thank you for constantly keeping me calm, having the patience to listen to all of my ted talks, and being my rock. You help me to be the best version of myself that I can be and for that, I will always be grateful. To Ms. Azalea, Ms. Wanetta, and the families of my ambassadors thank you for taking me in as a part of your own this year. We have become a big family of our own and I will cherish our memories made together. I love you all!


 Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Shelia

 Mr. Howard Richardson

 Brittany Bell

 Ms. Dreisa and Foxy Lady

 Ms. Crystal and CiCi

 Kaya Littleturtle, John Oxendine, Jasmine Jacobs

 Mr. Hayes Alan Locklear

Preacher Jimmy and Mrs. Wanda

 Mr. James Hardin, LRDA staff and board of directors

 I want to thank you for the help and support throughout my reign!


Keely, I can’t believe how fast the year has flown by and how much you have grown. Even though you may be a little taller and a little older, you will always be the slime loving, singing baby that I love!

Ashtyn, you have matured so much during the year but no matter how old you get you will always be one of my babies. Whether you realize it or not, you have taught me so much this year. I will always remember our laughs, car rides, vent sessions, and endless sing-alongs. We have created a sisterly bond that will last a lifetime. I love you, child!

Kerigahn, where do I even begin? You are my saving grace and songbird. Thank you for being my sidekick, best friend, and shoulder to lean on this year. I have watched you transform into the brave and fearless young woman you are today and I’m so glad I could be a part of that. I thank God every day that he gave me you. We have created a friendship that will last long after our reign is over. I love you!

As the time draws near for my reign to come to an end, I am overwhelmed with bliss and tranquility, for I know that I have served my people to the best of my ability. For the last time, I am your Miss Lumbee 2018-2019 Erika Lyndsey Locklear.


Kerighan Riley Jacobs

Oprah Winfrey once said, “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”  As I prepared for Teen Miss Lumbee I asked for God’s will to be done and if it was his will that I serve as Teen Miss Lumbee, that it come to pass. God answered my prayers because I had the courage to ask. I also had the courage to ask numerous people to support my dreams. At this time, I want to thank them publically for supporting me through a journey that has forever changed my life.

To my amazing parents, Wanetta and Skegee, thank you for being my rock, my support and my strength. Without you both, I would be nothing. I hope I’ve made you proud. To Grayson and Erielle, my handsome brother and beautiful sister, I love you both very much. Thank you so much for loving me and being the best siblings a girl could ask for.

I love you so much Granddaddy Brooks and Papa Rother. Thank you so much for your love and support. To my amazing family, I am so thankful that God chose you as mine.

Keely, you are definitely a talented ball of fire. I have truly enjoyed serving with you. You will accomplish great things. I cannot wait to see your journey unfold. I love you!

Ashtyn, also known as my ling ling. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for all of our car rides screaming to the top of our lungs to every song that came on the radio. Thank you for being my sweet songbird. I could not have made it through this year without you. I cannot wait to see where life takes you. I love you honey!

To My Back Bone, My Supporter, My Confidant, My Heart, My Lyndsey. Thank you for simply being you this year. God knew exactly what he was doing when he placed you in my path. He knew I was going to need such a sweet soul like you to carry me when I could not carry myself. You are the woman I strive to be every day. You are my sister for life! I will always be here to sing for you anytime and never forget that you are my here I love you big time!

My YRN Association wow, you guys definitely made my senior year amazing and I love each and every one of you with all of my heart. Thank you for being there for me every step of the way this year. You guys rock!

Chris thanks for driving me everywhere literally. I know putting up with me screaming because I was hot or cold or my hair was messing up was very difficult but you handled it perfect. I love you Mamma Kel and Mr. Blue so much!

Noah, thank you for always being one phone call away and listening to literally everything that I done and being patient with me! I will forever be grateful for you and your family. I love you guys!

Mrs. Azalea and Mr. Araon, thanks for everything you have done for me this year. I loved having y’all as my second family. Kurt, thanks for being my little boyfriend I love y’all!

Mr. Eric and Mrs. Karen, you guys are the best. Thank you for being there when I needed something or even a good laugh. I will forever be grateful for everything you have done for me. I love y’all so much.

Mr. Bobby and Mrs. Kelly, thanks for making this a year I will never forget.

Thank you to Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Sheilia Godwin, thank you for being strong, passionate leaders in our community. I am grateful for your support.

To the amazingly talented Sam and Sheena Bailey with Eye Candy Photography, thank you for capturing my love for being Teen Miss Lumbee and memories that will last a life time.

Thank you to the talented hair stylist at NuBella! Thank you for making me feel beautiful and keeping this hair on fleek.

Thank you to Kaya Littleturtle and Jasmine for all your help throughout the year. The knowledge you all hold for our cultural is amazing. Thank you for sharing it with me.

Thank you to Rebekah Revels Lowry for your help and support. I love you!

Thank you to Ciena and Crystal Fedor! I love you both so much. You have been so supportive during my reign.

Kinely, thank you for always making sure my outfits looked perfect for every appearance and always being there if I needed someone to talk to! I love you and momma Net so, so much!

Mrs. Celeste Hunt, thank you for all your support. Your mentorship means so much to me. I love you.

Thank you to my amazing church family at Union Chapel Holiness Methodist Church. Your prayers and love have carried me through this year. Thank you.

To my successor, my biggest piece of advice is to live in the moment. Enjoy each appearance, each memory and each day, because it is a gift. This title is special and unique; treat it as such. Good luck and God Bless you.

Winning the title of Teen Miss Lumbee is an honor and great privilege. Along with honor, privilege, and the title, came responsibility and accountability.  I strive to promote positivity, pride, and integrity whether in my official regalia or not. As a representative of the Lumbee Nation, it is my duty to uphold the ways of our elder by always representing in the most dignified manner.

My platform, as many of you know is “Faith Behind the Ribbon” that focuses on Breast Cancer awareness. My platform was ignited by my Grandma Patsy Jacob’s battle with this dreadful cancer. Although my Nanny lost her battle, I fight for her everyday by raising awareness for breast cancer prevention and research. I hold tightly to the knowledge that I we will be reunited one day. 

As my reign ends, I look back at my journey as Teen Miss Lumbee and the word courage comes to mind.  My people are courageous and passionate about who we are and who we are becoming. I take pride that I played a role in advancing our great nation.

Thank you to my Lumbee people! I love you from the bottom of my heart, until we meet again…I am your 2018-2019 Teen Miss Lumbee Kerighan Riley Jacobs.

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Ashtyn Skye Thomas

One year ago today, my dream of being Jr. Miss Lumbee became a reality.

First, I would like to start off by thanking my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is because of you that I am able to live every day, certain that you are near me and protecting me always.

Momma, my “A1-day 1” the biggest thank you goes to you. First, I would like to thank you for always being so open-minded and for pushing me beyond my limits when I told you I wanted to be Jr. Miss Lumbee. I know driving me everywhere got tiring, but you did it without complaining, I love you. Thank you for always supporting me in everything I do!

Daddy, thank you for being the best parade driver ever. I know you were always busy with work, but I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to come support me. I love you always.

Ayanna, thank you for always letting me know your opinion on a dress or even on what I was doing. I know sometimes picking me up and driving me around places got tiring, but you did it anyway. I love you.

Alena, for all the times I asked “Can you take this picture for me?” I’d truly like to say thank you. Also, for all the times we stayed up talking about what we are going to be or what we are going to do in the future. I don’t tell often but you love you sister.

Austin, or as I call you often Curt-thank you for always being just the thing I need to make me happy. I loved every single nerf gun war and “battle” that we’ve had this year. I live you Little Man.

To my best friend, my backbone, I thank God that you are in my life I honestly don’t know what I would have done without you this year. Thank you for sticking with me through thick and thin. I love you, Layanna.

To my Madison, thank you for always making me laugh in class and also, for accepting my MAJOR Kit-Kat obsession. I love you Girly.

To my friend group, thank you for being the best support system throughout this year. I love you guys!

To my queens: I would first like to say that I know we were truly meant to be together and that my year wouldn’t have been the same with any other court.

Keely, thank you for being my little sidekick wherever we went. Throughout this year, you have always been the little ball of energy that I needed to brighten my days. If there is one thing I learned about you this year it is that you know everything there is to know about slime. I would not have wanted another Little Miss by my side.

Kerigahn, or as I like to call you, my fellow songbird-thank you for all of the laughs you have given me this year. I enjoyed every moment we were on Instagram or Facebook live, singing our hearts out. Thanks for letting me practice my makeup on you always and for lifting me up when I was down. I truly love you!

Lyndsey, the mother figure of our group, I could write a whole story about why I love you, but, for the sake of time, I have decided to keep it short. As the only dancer in our group, I know you got tired of singing with us, but you eventually got used to it. A huge thank you goes to you for our car jams, you listening to my endless rants, and deep talks throughout this year. You have taught me to persevere , and, for that, I love you.

Mrs. Wanda, our Senior Miss this year, thank you for always reminding me of God’s love for me. I’m grateful you got to be our Senior Miss this year.

 To Mrs. Kelly and Mr. Bobby deal, this year surely wouldn’t have been the same without you guys. Thank you for picking me up if I ever needed it.

To Ms. Wanetta, thank you for always lightening the mood when you came around and for making me laugh when I needed it.

To Mrs. Karen and Mr. Eric, thank you for always welcoming me into your home (and mostly your pantry and fridge) and for always asking “Would you like anything to eat?”

Mrs. Celeste and Mahlea, thank you for never failing to be there for me and for helping me before and during my reign. You two truly have hearts of Gold.

Grandma Sherlene and Papa Bracy, thank you for neve failing to come through with the best pastry and field peas ever. I love you both.

Caleb, my favorite cousin, thank you for always being down to stay up late with me (no matter how tired you were at times) love you!

Aunt Connie, thank you for supporting me in everything I do.

Grandma Cathy, thank you for everything you’ve ever done for me. Whether it as teaching me piano, or playing it while I sing, or even making your delicious creamed potatoes, I can say, every step of the way, you were there, and I love you.

Aunt Alicia, for all the ties you played the piano for me while I sang, and for always being there for me, thank you. I love you.

I would like to say thank you to the Prospect School staff and my eacgers for always being so understanding and allowing me to make-up work. Speaking of Prospect School staff, there is someone that I would like to mention which is Mrs. Tara Lowry. Thank you for always being so gracious.

Marcus, this year wouldn’t have been the same without you by my side and supporting me always.

Mr. Howard Richardson and Mrs. Hillary Scott-Cross, all your beautiful beadwork this year was much appreciated.

Mrs. Ranessa and Ms. Chris, thankyou for the beautiful regalia you made for me this year.

Mrs. Millicent, I am so grateful for teaching me all the powwow etiquette I needed to know this year.

To the best voice coah ever, Mrs. Shannon, thank you for all your help.

Mr. Bryan, thank you for being a great pageant coach.

To all my sponsors, your support of me and my dream of being Jr. Miss Lumbee has meant the world to me.

Mrs. Belinda, thank you for always being a helping hand and for being so giving.

Kaya, your beautiful esganye was a true gift. I loved every opportunity I got to sing your song.

Aunt Kim, thank you for being gracious enough to help me make sure my farewell speech was perfect.

To my successor, may you wear your crown with not only beauty, but with dignity and grace. Remember to always make the most out of every little moment because, before you know it, it will all be over.

It has been a great honor to hold the coveted title of Jr. Miss Lumbee and to serve my people throughout this past year. It has been an experience that I will never forget, and I will forever be a better version of myself because of it.

For the last time, I am Junior Miss Lumbee 2018-2019 Ashtyn Skye Thomas.


Keely Noelle Deal

My year as Little Miss Lumbee has been nothing less than busy, crazy, and yes even hectic at times; but without a doubt it has been AMAZING!  Who can imagine representing 60,000 people, traveling to Florida and New Mexico, visiting the Seminole and Navajo Reservations, the Gathering of the Nations Pow Wow in New Mexico, and meeting tribal leaders from various tribes all across the country? ME! Not to mention all the fun I had making appearances all across North Carolina with my sister queens. I would like to give thanks to GOD for all HIS blessings on me. I praise you GOD for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful and I know this full well. (Psalms 139:14)

            Thank you to the Lumbee people and to the LRDA staff and Board of Directors for allowing me to represent you as an ambassador.  I have enjoyed every opportunity, every appearance, and every moment that I got to share my passion for singing! After all,  you only get to be Little Miss Lumbee once in a lifetime, and I truly hope I made you all Proud!

            This year would not have been possible without those who have supported me the most. Thank you to all my sponsors: Tribal Chairman Harvey and Shelia Godwin, M&M Drywall LLC, Jeffrey Wynn Law Firm, M-W Electric, Dalton P. Brooks Jr., DMD, Faline Locklear Dial County Commissioner,  Spencer & Marshirl Locklear, and Beth Davis Hunt - Clayton Homes of Lumberton. A special thanks to Michael Oxendine for all the parade rides! To Miss Aggie Locklear thank you for all your support and love, I love you! I would like to acknowledge Richard Mathis Photography for your sponsorship to me,  and to your entire family for making sure Little Miss Lumbee had the most amazing photos this year! You all are the backbone of our community and you selflessly give everyday!  To my principals at Pembroke Elementary School, former teachers and staff,  and my teacher Mrs. Teena Locklear, thank you for working with my busy schedule this year, especially in November.  I have been able to remain a straight A student and be apart of the AIG program while fulfilling my duties this year. There are so many other friends and family who have invested in me, stood by me, prayed for me, and most of all loved me- I Love you all!

            To my family- Daddy & Mama thank you for all that you do for me, and for always reminding me of who I am in GOD! That is how I made it this year!  To my sisters Kaitlyn and Calista, you both are the best pageant coaches and role models! Kaitlyn, you always were able to take me to my appearances when Daddy & Mama couldn’t.  You are my Mama Bear #2 ! Thank you for all the pep talks and girl time, that’s exactly what sisters are for! Tyler, thank you for being apart of our family, and supporting me this year! To my little brother Christian thank you for always dancing by my side in the POW-WOW circle! My Aunt Maria, Aunt Donna, Aunt Angela, Aunt Felicia, my cousins Bre and Shaunesty - I love you all, especially for all that you did for the Ambassador Coronation Ball-We couldn’t have done it without you!

            To my fellow ambassadors, I enjoyed our year and wish each of you the very best as we start a new chapter in life.  I hope our bond extends beyond this year for that is the true test of sisterhood!

            I’m reminded of a very familiar quote by none other than Dr. Seuss, “ Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”  I am fighting back the tears and smiling too, as I think to myself, I have been a princess to the most beautiful people in the world! Good Luck to all of the contestants tonight you are all queens! To the new Little Miss Lumbee, my Mama was right, my year has flown by and yours will too! I’ve learned that an ambassador is all about giving and service to others with or without a crown. For the last time I am humbly honored and proud to be your LITTLE MISS LUMBEE 2018-2019.



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