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The Gathering of Nations's Miss Indian World Pageant Is Gearing Up

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Albuquerque, N.M. – The 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, the world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people, is accepting applications for the 2015 Miss Indian World competition. Every year, Native American women representing their different tribes and traditions compete for the title Miss Indian World. The competition is judged based on: tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking, essay, and personality assessment. The 2015 Miss Indian World will serve as a cultural goodwill ambassador for all Native and indigenous people on behalf of the Gathering of Nations for one year.

Applicants must meet specific criteria. The pageant is open to any single woman who is between the ages of 18 years old to 25 years old, has never been married, has no children, and has knowledge of tribal traditions. The application includes a personal essay, two letters of recommendation, a current photograph, and proof of tribal affiliation. All current tribal royalty, and all young Native ladies are encouraged to apply.

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The Miss Indian World Pageant begins Thursday, April 23 at the Albuquerque Convention Center’s Kiva Auditorium, and the new Miss Indian World will be crowned at the pow wow Saturday, April 25. 

Lisa Meeches, executive producer of Eagle Vision Inc. from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Jason Whitehouse, a performer from the Native American Dance Theatre in Madison Heights, Mich., will host this year’s pageant. The event will also feature special performances by The Luna Blues Machine, a Chicago-based acoustic and soul band, as well as Native Pride, a renowned Native American dance troupe that has performed worldwide.

For more information about the Miss Indian World Pageant and for the online application, please visit