The Miss Native American USA will crown a deserving young Native woman to represent her Tribe and her platform on a national level.
The Miss Native American USA Organization has announced a new venue and their 6th Annual MNAUSA Scholarship Pageant in Mesa, Arizona on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Every year, the MNAUSA Pageant is held in Arizona to crown a deserving young woman to represent her tribe and her platform on a national level as a goodwill ambassador.
The young Native woman crowned will be an ambassador to help promote, address, support, and collaborate, in areas of continuing education, domestic violence, alcohol & drugs, suicide prevention, teenage pregnancy, youth violence, HIV/AIDS, diabetes prevention, in both urban and the Native American communities.
The Miss Native American USA Organization has moved to a new venue this year, the Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center, moving from their original venue in Tempe, AZ to Mesa, AZ.
The 460-seat theater which opened in 2014 will host the 2017 Pageant, thanks to the Mesa Community College American Institute, MCC Inter-Tribal Student Organization, and Miss Native MCC.
The 2017 sponsors include Maricopa Community College District’s Office of American Indian Outreach, Twin Arrows Casino & Resort of Flagstaff, AZ, and XoLogic of Provo, UT.
The candidates vying for the title are between the ages of 18-27, 1/4 Native American with proof of certificate of Indian Blood, and have never married or have dependents and have a platform of which the wish to share.
The 2016 titleholder is Ashley Nailihn Susan, a member of the White Mountain Apache and the Walker River Paiute Tribes from White River, AZ. Susan was crowned the 5th MNAUSA August 2016 in Tempe.
Susan’s platform is promoting higher education and the importance of physical health among the Native communities. She is currently studying at Glendale Community College planning on transferring to Arizona State University to study Psychology and Bioengineering.
This year’s host is a former MNAUSA titleholder, April Yazza originally from Mentmore, New Mexico. Yazza is a member of the Zuni Pueblo and Navajo Tribes, and the youngest MNAUSA to be crowned back in 2014. She is also the current Miss Rio Rancho through the Miss USA Organization promoting awareness of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The 6th Annual Pageant is set for Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Mesa Community College Performing Art Center in Arizona. The show opens at 6:30 PM at 1520 South Longmore, Mesa, AZ 85202. Doors open at 5:30 PM, the event is open to the public, general seating and tickets are $15 and $12 with student I.D.