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Participants sought for Miss Indian Nations pageant
21 May 2008

BISMARCK (UTN) Young American Indian women who know their culture and are willing to share it with others are invited to submit applications to participate in the Miss Indian Nations scholarship pageant.

      The 16th annual pageant is scheduled for September 3 to 6 in Bismarck during the United Tribes International Powwow.

Shere Lynn Wright
Shere Lynn Wright (Sicangu Lakota) Miss Indian Nations XV, will crown the sixteenth Miss Indian Nations on September 6 in Bismarck. United Tribes News photo.

      The event is a scholarship program for single, non-parent American Indian women between age 17 and 25 who can demonstrate their command of tribal values, customs and teachings.

      Top participants receive awards and scholarships and the chance to become a cultural ambassador for American Indian tribes.

      The current Miss Indian Nations, Shere Lynn Wright (Sicangu Lakota), a member of the Rosebud Tribe of South Dakota, ends her reign with selection of the new Miss Indian Nations on Saturday, September 6.

      Participants are judged on traditional skills, talent, public appearances and presentations, communication skill and speaking ability, personal conduct, and answers to general and impromptu questions. All experience positive personal growth from their involvement in the pageant.

      Application forms are available from the National Miss Indian Nations Ambassador and Leadership program at United Tribes Technical College.

      Participants take part in Youth Day at the Powwow on Friday, September 5 and are judged for a Children's Choice Award. On Saturday, September 6, they are featured in the "United Tribes Parade of Champions" through downtown Bismarck. Following a coronation program, the new Miss Indian Nations is presented to the powwow audience in Lone Star Arena with an honor song.

      For pageant information contact Jess M. Clairmont, Miss Indian Nations Ambassador and Leadership Program, 701-255-3285 x 1499, or visit either of the websites www.uttc.edu or min.unitedtribespowwow.com.


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