Third Annual Miss Native American USA 2014-2015 Set for Friday in Tempe

Reigning Miss Native American USA Sarah Ortegon

Reigning Miss Native American USA Sarah Ortegon

TEMPE, ARIZONA — The third annual Miss Native American USA 2014-2015 Pageant will take place on Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, which is located at 700 West Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe, Arizona.

Tickets to this year’s event are now on sale or at the Tempe Center for the Arts box office. Tickets are $15.00 for all ages, seating is general admission, and our doors will open to the public at 5:00 PM (MST).

The mission of the Miss Native American, USA Pageant is dedicated to recognizing and honoring Native American women throughout Indian country with the goal to encourage Indigenous women in achieving their personal goals, build characters, enhance self-esteem, and develop leadership skills alongside giving back to our Native communities through volunteering.

OfficialMNAUSA2014FlyerThe pageant helps promote, address, support, and collaborate in areas of continuing education, domestic violence, alcohol & drugs, suicide prevention, teenage pregnancy, youth violence, AIDS prevention, diabetes prevention and intervention in urban and Native Americans communities.

This year’s nine talented young ladies vying for the 2014-2015 Miss Native American USA title are:

Mallory Barlow – Bishop Paiute Tribe

  • Inikki Begay – Navajo (Dine’)
  • Ashley Bitselley – Navajo (Dine’)
  • Taylor Harvey – Navajo (Dine’)
  • Nicole Johnny – Navajo (Dine’)
  • Malanie Palizote – White Mountain Apache
  • Kendra Redhouse – Navajo (Dine’)
  • Lynnelle Washburn – Navajo (Dine’)
  • April Yazza – Zuni Pueblo/Navajo (Dine’)

The reigining Miss Native American USA is Sarah Ortegon from Denver, Colorado who has a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Ortegon had the opportunity to study Art abroad in Florence and Rome, Italy while attending classes. In addition to alcohol abuse awareness as her platform during her reign, she promoted healthy living on Native American reservations across the country. Ortegon traveled to Eastern Europe to showcase her Jingle Dress dance for the Republic of Moldava communities with the internationally renown traveling dance group, The Native Pride Dancers – done a domestic violence walk with PBS famed Robin Poor Bear, opened an art exhibit in Denver, Colorado on the Metropolitan State University campus and also on her reservation, the Wind River Indian Reservation. Sarah has also traveled with the Native Pride Dancers promoting healthy living across the country to Native American reservation schools during her reign.

The Pageant Director/Owner of MNAUSA Organization is Tashina Atine, a member of the Diné (Navajo) Nation originally from Provo, Utah. Atine, currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona and her passion has always been creating a strong relationship with community agencies on a city and national levels. Promoting and encouraging young Native American females to do the same has been her mission for the Miss Native American USA Pageant.

This year’s host is Tanya Martinez who is a member of the Mi’kMaq First Nation from New Burnswick, Canada and also part Puerto Rican and is from Phoenix, Arizona. Martinez is the owner of an energy consulting firm, 7thGen Energy, and works with the First Nation and Native American tribes in both the United States and Canada. Martinez has B.S. in Electrical Engineering a Master’s of Science in Energy Engineering.

CORRECTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 2:17 a.m.

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