The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina congratulates one of its own for bringing home the crown. We know Ms. Oxendine will not only represent the Lumbee people with grace and poise, but she will genuinely represent all Natives across the state of North Carolina. We look forward to your reign and the growth we are sure you will experience as you interact with people in your capacity as Miss Indian North Carolina. When asked how she felt about the crown the moment it was announced, she stated:
"I waited a while to say anything because I LITERALLY had to make sure I wasn't dreaming. I can't believe this day has finally come and a secret dream of mine has come true! I want to thank everyone that has helped make this happen along the way. I couldn't have done it without you. I also want to thank every person for the outpour of immense love, kindness, and support you've given me. Thanks to those who believed in me even when I didn't believe in myself. Alina Freeman and Taylor thank you for pushing me you both were so good I was shaking in my knees every step of the way!! I feel like we got to know each other better and became better friends. Thank you Samantha Simmons-Alonso for being a great queen and giving me such big shoes to fill! Thanks to United Tribes, the MINC pageant committee, judges, and everyone else who made this pageant and conference so successful. And if I have forgotten anyone know you are endlessly loved by me!
I know 2017 will be a year I will never forget!
YOUR Miss Indian NC 2017-2018
Kayla Jean Oxendine"