Could One of These Twins Be the Next Miss Indian World?

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown October 14th, 2015 Last Updated on: October 14th, 2015


There are always lots of talented and intelligent ladies vying for the Miss Indian World pageant. These twin sisters from the Crown Nation are hoping to compete and win that title this coming year.

Tahnya and Natasha Laforge are 22 year old twins from the Apsáalooke (Crow) nation in Montana. Both college students, Tahnya is a Junior at Montana State University Billings majoring in Elementary Education and Natasha will be graduating in 2015 from Little Big Horn College. Here's a little bit more about their story:


“There are many obstacles we have been through throughout our lives growing up on the Reservation. We have lost many loved ones but we still look forward to life. One of the major obstacles we've been through was the passing of our Mother who loved so much. There is a place that she will always be and that's our hearts. I am thankful that our family taught us education is key to be successful in life…

Our dream has always been to revive the title for Miss Indian World! We have always watched the Gathering Of Nations when they would crown Miss Indian World on Saturday Night. Since then, we have been going to all the local pageants to compete in. Even though we don't always win, or if only one of us wins, we support each other through everything.

Some of their previous pageant titles include Billings Senior High Indian Club Princess, MSUB Ambassador, Wyola District Princess, Pryor District Princess, Miss Kyi-Yo Missoula Powwow.

As you can imagine it takes a lot of dedication and work to compete in these pageants. The girls are thankful for help from their tribe, family and friends.

“There is one person we would love to thank and appreciate for helping us with our speech throughout the year – Luella Brien. She has been our instructor, friend and our amazing auntie that taught us never to be scared to speak in public and use the word um! Also without my uncle Gabe and Verly I don't think we would able to travel the world to compete in powwows to dance in the woman's traditional. We thank them for everything. Our grandmother is also amazing woman who taught us the Crow Language and how to be a role model to the younger generation. Ever since we were babies all we ever wanted to do was dance and that's what we still love doing today!


Good luck ladies and we hope to see you in the arena at next year's Gathering of Nations!

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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