CHANDLER — The Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program pageant, which aims to promote a positive symbol of Indian womanhood, will be held on Oct. 12 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., a press release from pageant organizers said.
The Miss Indian Arizona Association and the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona hope community members attend the show to support young Indian women as they proudly display their talent, poise, grace and speaking ability and most importantly their tribal traditions on stage, the press release said.
The pageant includes six competitors from around the state. One will be crowned the 58th Miss Indian Arizona. She will be crowned by the reigning 2018-19 titleholder, Niagara Rockbridge, and will represent the Indian people of Arizona.
Competition finalists are:
- Autumn Cooper, Gila River Indian Community
- Kiara Goseyun, San Carlos Apache Tribe
- Teya Johnson-Tiger, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
- Audriana Mitchell, Colorado River Indian Tribes
- Ki-Ana Reina, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
- Amy Spotted Wolf, Tohono O’odham Nation
This year’s program is dedicated to Marie Nelson Scott, Miss Indian Arizona 1965-66, and Karla Starr, Miss Indian Arizona 1991-92. Both women were members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes and last year.
Tickets can be purchased electronically at www.chandlercenter.org. Cost of admission is $17 for adults and $7 for children. For more information about the Miss Indian Arizona Program, volunteering or donations to the MIAA, visit www.missindianarizona.com.