2013-07-25 / Headlines

Miss Native American, USA Pageant 2013-2014

We are excited to announce our 2nd annual nationwide Miss Native American, USA 2013-2014 Pageant this Fall. The event will take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts -700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281 - on Saturday, August 3, 2013. Our tickets to this years event are now on sale through the Tempe Center for the Arts box office at (480) 350-2882. Tickets are $15.00 (does not include processing fee), for all ages, seating is general admission, and our doors will open to the public at 5:00 PM.

Our Mission is dedicated to recognizing and honoring Native American women throughout the US . We 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. MNAUSA 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 we have 10 talented young ladies lined up to compete for the 2013- 2014 Miss Native American, USA title from across the country:

* Jacquelyn Jesus - Navajo

* Charlie Cuny - Oglala Lakota Sioux

* Mekah Abbey - Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas

* Sarah Ortegon - Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho

* Amanda Teller - Navajo

* Shelby Williams - Walker River Paiute, Western Shoshone and Navajo

* Aysha Sam - Navajo

* Bah-He-Toya-Mah "Sooner" Davenport , - Kiowa-Apache, Kiowa and Navajo

* Shawnmarie Manheimer - Navajo * Sharmarine Light - Navajo

Our current Miss Native American, USA title holder is Shaylin Shábi, a member of the Diné (Navajo) Nation from the town of Kayenta located on the northeastern corner of the Navajo Reservation in Arizona . Shábi accepted her title in Tempe , Arizona on August 25, 2012 as our first MNAUSA. Shábi is employed by the Arizona Department of Education’s School Nutrition Program and has done a terrific job promoting higher education and healthy living among the Native American communities. During her reign, she traveled to events in the South Western regions of the US promoting her platform and singing at events such as the Arizona Diamondback's Native American Recognition Day.

Our 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.

Our host this year is LeAndra Bitsie, motivational speaker, published author, poet and a tribal member of the Dine' (Navajo) Nation - Our event DJ this year is DJ ‘KSupreme’ of the Pima-Maricopa Indian Community with additional special performances to be announced later.

This year's lobby artists who will showcase their talents are: Dustin Craig & Velma Kee (White Mountain Apache), Shayne Watson (Navajo), Duane Koyawena (Hopi), Randy Barton (Navajo), Jeremy Fields (Pawnee), Chante Falcon (Anishinabe & Navajo).

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