Miss Navajo 2015 – 2016 Alyson Jeri Shirley
Young Diné Woman from Western Navajo Named 2015-2016 Naabeehó Bich’eekį’
Published September 13, 2015
From the Navajo Times
WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA – Alyson Jeri Shirley from Tolani Lake, Ariz. was crowned Miss Navajo Nation, becoming the 69th titleholder, during the coronation ceremony at the Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise Saturday.
After she was crowned, the 20-year-old stand out said in Navajo that she was in a state of euphoria.
“I’ve been preparing ever since I was small,” Shirley told the Navajo Times. “I knew I was going to win. I knew I had it. I believed in myself. I did it.”
During her acceptance speech, Shirley thanked her maternal grandmother Lorraine Nebitsi Chee for helping her win the difficult, three-day competition that she and four other young women – Crystal Littleben from Round Rock, Ariz.; Farrah Mailboy from Lukachukai, Ariz.; Ann Marie Salt from Kayenta; and Starlene Tsinniginnie from Nahata Dziil, Ariz. – endured this week at the 69th annual Navajo Nation Fair.