Albuquerque, New Mexico (ICC) 5-09
|Brooke Grant |
Brooke Grant, from Los Angeles and Hoopa, California and member of the Hoopa, Yurok, Karuk, and Chippewa tribes, was crowned Miss Indian World at the 26th Annual Gathering of Nations, the most prominent Native American powwow in the world.
Grant received the honor out of 25 Native American women representing their different tribes and traditions who competed in the areas of tribal knowledge, dancing ability, and personality assessment.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 accomplish my goals as Miss Indian World, said Grant, the newly crowned Miss Indian World.
The Miss Indian World title is one of the most prestigious honors among Native American and Indigenous people. The winner will bring together native and indigenous people throughout the world by providing a cultural link between tribes, said Derek Mathews, founder of the Gathering of Nations.
Grant, who is 22 years old, will travel to many native and indigenous communities around the world on behalf of the powwow. She is currently a senior at Mount St. Marys College in Los Angeles, California and is the daughter of Lisa Grant and the late Byron Grant Jr.
As Miss Indian World, she will represent all native and indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador for one year. Evereta Thinn, 24 years old from Shonto, Arizona and member of the Navajo Nation, was named first runner-up.
Tara Lynn Kitcheyan, 24 years old, of San Carlos, Arizona and member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, was named second runner-up at the pageant. In the case that Miss Indian World cannot fulfill her duties, the first runner-up will take her place. If the first runner-up is unable to fulfill her duties after having taken over for Miss Indian World, the second runner-up will take her place.