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Northern California Native wins first Miss Indian World title for tribe

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Brooke Grant, from Los Angeles and Hoopa, Calif. and member of the Hoopa, Yurok, Karuk and Chippewa tribes, was crowned Miss Indian World at the 26th Annual Gathering of Nations.

“I am honored to represent all Native American and indigenous people as Miss Indian World. I look forward to the future and to accomplishing my goals as Miss Indian World,” – Brooke Grant Miss Indian 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 accomplishing my goals as Miss Indian World,” Grant said.

“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 Matthews, founder of the Gathering of Nations.

Grant, 22, will travel to many Native and indigenous communities around the world on behalf of the pow wow. She is currently a senior at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, 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, from Shonto, Ariz. and member of the Navajo Nation, was named first runner-up. Tara Lynn Kitcheyan, 24, of San Carlos, Ariz. 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.