Native Village Youth and Education News
September 2009


Northern California Native wins first Miss Indian World title for tribe

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Brooke Grant, from Los Angeles and Hoopa, Calif. and member of the Hoopa, Yurok, Karuk and Chippewa tribes, was crowned Miss Indian World at the 26th Annual Gathering of Nations.

“I am honored to represent all Native American and indigenous people as Miss Indian World. This is the first time a woman from my tribe has been crowned and I am very proud of my accomplishments. I look forward to the future and to accomplishing my goals as Miss Indian World,” Grant said.

Grant received the honor out of 25 Native American women representing their different tribes and traditions. They competed in the areas of tribal knowledge, dancing ability and personality assessment.

“The Miss Indian World title is one of the most prestigious honors among Native American and indigenous people." said Derek Matthews, founder of the Gathering of Nations. "The winner will bring together Native and indigenous people throughout the world by providing a cultural link between tribes.”

Grant is currently a senior at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. As Miss Indian World, she will travel to Native and indigenous communities around the world as a cultural goodwill ambassador.

Evereta Thinn, 24, from Shonto, Ariz. and member of the Navajo Nation, was named first runner-up. 
Tara Lynn Kitcheyan, 24, of San Carlos, Ariz. and member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, was named second runner-up.

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