Northern California Native wins first Miss Indian World title for
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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
“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
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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