July 27th, 2015 Last Updated on: July 27th, 2015
The 4th annual Miss Native American USA 2015-2016 Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. This year the competition is fierce and nine talented young ladies are all hoping to win the 2015-2016 Miss Native American USA title. Let's meet them!
Lyla Hatathlie – Navajo/Dine' – Coal Mine Canyon, Arizona
Hatathlie is a student in her second year at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas where she is pursing a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Hatathlie, a fighter of Alopecia Areata, is in the running this year, a young lady diagnosed with AA five years ago, she will make it her mission to tell the world about her disease.
Daphne Coriz – Santo Domingo Pueblo – Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico
Coriz's focus is to raise awareness of Mental Health with a focus on depression, anxiety, and PTSD. A courageous young Native American, a graduate in cosmetology from New Mexico, here to share her story with the rest of the world.
Emilia Sloan – Navajo/Dine' – Cane Valley, Arizona
She is a certified Nursing Assistant and is currently pursing her Bachelors degree in Nursing. Sloan wants to bring awareness of the dangers of uranium mines on Navajo land. Upon completion of her degree she plans to return to the Navajo Nation to help her people.
Kristina Hyatt – Eastern Band of Cherokee – Cherokee, North Carolina
Hyatt holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management from the University of North Carolina and an Associates in dental hygiene from Asheville Buncombe Technical College. She is a dental hygienist and her mission is to educate the Native American communities about the importance of dental hygiene. She wants to promote healthy oral hygiene throughout Indian Country.
Aliyah Chavez – Santo Domingo Pueblo – Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico
Chavez is a student at Stanford University. She hasn't declared a major but is thinking of double majoring in Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity and also Communications. Her message is to focus on positive representation of Native Americans in the media which includes mascot changes and being an advocate for land issues.
Kansas Begaye – Navajo/Dine' – Waterflow, New Mexico
She is an award winning Native American Recording Artist and a former Miss Indian World title holder. Begaye received her Bachelors in Native American Studies from the University of New Mexico and currently pursing a Masters in American Indian Law. Begaye's message is to promote cultural preservation along with higher education among Indigenous youth.
Dominique Nosie-Romo – San Carlos Apache & Ak-Chin Indian Community – Peridot, AZ
Nosie-Romo is a Restorative Aid (RA)/ Certified Nuring Assistant (CNA). Her messages are preservation of language, culture and land, a foundation of Native ancestors – a foundation before alcohol/substance abuse and food that compromised the health of Native people. Through sharing her message, she hopes to promote a healthy, active, and spiritual lifestyle for the communities.
Raeanna Begay – Navajo/Dine' – Sheep Springs, New Mexico
She is currently a student studying Fashion Design at the Art Institute of Phoenix. Her grandmother, who only speaks Navajo, taught her the importance of preserving her Navajo language. Begay's message is to promote language and cultural preservation along with promoting higher education among the Native youth.
Mariah Gachupin – Jamez Pueblo – Jamez Pueblo, New Mexico
She is currently majoring in Gender and Women's studies at Fort Lewis College. Gachupin, who is fluent in her Native tongue Jemez (Tanoan/Towa), would like to become a women's right activist and a youth advocate for the Native American communities.
The current Miss Native American USA is April Brannon Yazza, a member of the Zuni Pueblo and Navajo/Dine' Tribes, and will be at the ceremony to pass the crown on to one of these talented women.
The mission of MNAUSA is dedicated to recognizing and honoring Native American women throughout the United States. We encourage Indigenous women in achieving their personal goals, build characters, enhance self-esteem, and develop leadership skills alongside giving back to our Native communities through volunteering. MNAUSA helps promote, address, support, and collaborate in areas of continuing education, domestic violence, alcohol & drugs, suicide prevention, teenage pregnancy, youth violence, AIDS prevention, diabetes prevention and intervention in urban and Native Americans communities.
The event will take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts: 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281. Tickets to this year's event are now on sale at tca.ticketforce.com or at the TCA box office. Tickets are $15.00 (processing fee not included) for all ages, seating is general admission, and our doors will open to the public at 5:00 PM (MST).
Congratulations to all the nominees of the event! You are already doing incredible things for your community.
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