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57th Miss Indian Arizona Crowned

Niagara Rockbridge, representing the Navajo Nation, was crowned Miss Indian Arizona, 2018 - 2019 on October 13, 2018 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. She is the nineteen-year-old daughter of Debra and Gary Rockbridge.

The new Miss Indian Arizona attended Pinon High School and is a certified veterinary assistant. For her talent, she explained the significance of 4 sacred mountains and partially sang a Navajo song. Niagara’s presentation was done in both Navajo and English.

Niagara has served on the Future Farmers of America. She has many accomplishments which include; being crowned Miss Pinon High School and Miss Teen Navajo, being a National Society of High School Scholar and participating on the Navajo Nation Youth Advisory Council.

Niagara will now face a rigorous year of travel to many Arizona Indian Communities and participate in various school and state-wide events.

As Miss Indian Arizona, Niagara’s platform would be to bring awareness of fundamental law to the youth and communities and to educate them about the importance of speaking their voices.

Ki-Ana Symone Reina of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community was selected First Attendant to Miss Indian Arizona. She is the twenty-two-year old daughter of Nellie Silversmith-Reina and Edward Reina, she has four siblings. Ki-Ana attends Scottsdale Community College, pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Communications.

Second Attendant to Miss Indian Arizona is Angel Monique Tarango from the San Carlos Apache Tribe. She is the twenty-one-year old daughter of Geralynn Irving and Frank Tarango. Angel is attending Eastern Arizona College and is a certified Licensed Nursing Assistant. Angel is the current Miss San Carlos Apache.

Other awards were received by:
People’s Choice - Anissa Garcia, Gila River Indian Community
Congeniality - Nichole Manuel, Tohono O’odham Nation
Community Service - Nichole Manuel, Tohono O’odham Nation
Essay - Mandy Dazen, White Mountain Apache Tribe
Evening Gown - Ki-Ana Reina, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Talent – Niagara Rockbridge, Navajo Nation
Oral – Mandy Dazen, White Mountain Apache Tribe

This year’s theme was “Protecting Indian Women – Cultivating Justice.”

The Miss Indian Arizona Association congratulates all the winners and extends sincere
thanks to all of the participants and their parents.

 


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