Miss Haskell 2014 – 2015 Alista Thorne
LAWRENCE, KANSAS — Spring on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus not only signifies the upcoming graduation but the passing of a reign. For many decades, young women vie for the title of Miss Haskell.
Friday night concluded the weeklong pageant with a modern and traditional talent night. Compiling the points and the winner for this year’s pageant is Miss Alista Thorne from the San Carlos Apache tribe, based in San Carlos, Arizona.
“I stand for those Natives that don’t look like the stereotypical Indian because even as a full blood Apache, I have experienced discrimination and I just want this whole light skin, dark skin controversy to be a non-issue for Haskell,” Thorne told Haskell’s school newspaper The Indian Leader’s Ashley Ignacio, while discussing the recent school conversation involving full-blooded and mixed-blooded Native students.
During high school, Thorne played basketball and softball for the San Carlos High School.
Miss Haskell represents the student body at many functions and this year there were six candidates in the running. Taking the challenge of running int the competition were: Grace Denning, Christina Haswood, Alista Thorne, Vivian Pomeroy, Dora Williams and Shawna Woody.
The outgoing Miss Haskell, Maria Caddo is also from the southwest. She is a tribal citizen of the White Mountain Apache tribe.
Rhonda LeValdo, Acoma Pueblo, is a current faculty member in Media Communications at Haskell Indian Nations University. She is the most recent past president of the Native American Journalists Association.