36th Miss National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) was crowned
in Albuquerque, New Mexico, during the annual NCAI Convention.
Cheryl Dixon, hailing from Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico, will carry
the prestigious title for the next year. She is the daughter of
Floyd and Vicki Dixon and currently a sophomore at the University
of New Mexico. There she is majoring in Biology and English in
pursuit of a pre-medicine degree. Cheryl will carry her message
of "sustaining education in American Indian communities"
throughout the nation.
for the Miss NCAI Pageant represent the best and brightest of young
Indian women. All contestants are in their last year of high school
or currently enrolled in college. This year, 12 contestants competed
for the title over a rigorous 3 day event.
Lynn Abrams from the Seneca Nation in New York was the runner-up
for this year's event. Barbara is currently a student at United
Tribes Technical College in North Dakota majoring in Tribal Management.
The Best Talent award went to Maurisa Red Deer Two Two from the
Tohono O'odham Nation for her performance of a traditional Tohono
O'odham song. Tiffany Dawn Stuart from the Confederated Tribes of
Siletz Indians in Oregon, was awarded the Miss Congeniality Award
from her peers.
contestants included: Daryl Lynn Jay (Gila River Indian Community),
Artistina Sanchez (Salt-River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community), Tai
Simpson (Nez Perce), Rayma Lynn Adakai (Turtle Mountain Ojibwa/Navajo),
Viola Brooks (Hoopa Valley Tribe), Santee Lewis (Navajo Nation),
Martina Rae Gallegos (Ute Mountain Ute Tribe), and Gwendolyn Peterson
the oldest and largest tribal government organization in the United
States, NCAI serves as a forum for consensus-based policy development
among its membership. The Miss NCAI Scholarship Pageant was developed
to recognize outstanding young Indian women and was first held in
1968. Today, it is the longest running pageant for American Indian
women and many of the titleholders have gone on to successful careers
in media, business, politics, and art. The Miss NCAI Pageant focuses
on both traditional and contemporary knowledge of tribal culture,
government, current tribal issues, and the current challenges that
face American Indian Nations.
more information on the current Miss NCAI or the 2004 event, please
visit www.ncai.org <http://www.ncai.org>
~Profiles ~Miss NCAI.