60th Miss Indian Arizona Crowned
Alyse Marrietta, from the Gila River Indian Community was crowned Miss Indian Arizona, 2021-22 on October 9, 2021 making her the 60th Miss Indian Arizona.
Alyse is the 25-year-old daughter of Kenneth Marrietta and Natalie Mendoza. She is a Magma Cum Laude graduate from Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Alyse plans on returning to begin graduate work in the field of American Indian Studies, as she feels this is where her instincts are leading her.
Alyse interests include learning more about film making and video editing. She enjoys writing movie scripts and thinking about million-dollar movie ideas! She hikes with her dogs Daisy and Lily as well as weight lifts to stay physically fit.
As Miss Indian Arizona Alyse's platform is to encourage people to practice self-care. She states "I want to explore areas of our physical, mental and spiritual well-being with a goal to connect people with resources that can help improve ourselves in these areas. I would aim to empower everyone through emphasizing the positivity of self-reflection and taking control of your own inter outer health".
Alyse also received the award for best Essay.
Skehg' Hiosik Galindo, from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, was selected as the 1st Attendant to Miss Indian Arizona, 2021-22. She is the 24 year old daughter of Robert Galindo Jr., & Sunflower Dallas-Richards.
Skehg' Hiosik attends Scottsdale Community College. Her field of study is in Business Management with a certificate of completion in Management & Business Administration. Skehg' Hiosik's personal goal is to work her way up to an executive management position and one day take on a Community Manager position in her tribal government.
Skehg' Hiosik's interest include learning more about her culture, photography, traveling, hiking, camping, off-roading and spending time with her family and friends.
Skehg' Hiosik's platform is to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention. She states "I want to help normalize speaking about mental illnesses and shed light on how we can help those experiencing it. I also want to serve as an example for those who think such illnesses have to stop them from achieving their goals".
Skehg' Hiosik also received the Best Evening wear award.
The 2nd Attendant to Miss Indian Arizona 2021-22 award went to Lorraine Renee Cooley from the San Carlos Apache Tribe. She is the 19 year old daughter of the late Alvin Cooley Sr. and Carol Cooley.
Lorraine is a student at Eastern Arizona College where she is pursuing her degree in Administration of Justice. Her educational goal is to pursue a pre-medical degree in Biochemistry from the University of Arizona. Lorrain then plans to attend the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Lorraine enjoys reading, public speaking, sewing and learning more about her Apache culture.
Lorraine's platform is higher education & standing against drugs & alcohol. She states "I'm inspired to weave a new path like the leaders before me, using brilliance and ingenuity to change the world around me. As we stand strong together, against drugs & alcohol, a difference will be made."
The Community Service award was also received by Lorraine.
The Miss Indian Arizona Association congratulates all the winners and extents sincere thanks to all the participants and their parents.