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MISS INDIAN ARIZONA - OUR 56TH YEAR

The Miss Indian Arizona (MIA) Scholarship Program has evolved into a creative, educational and cultural performance, which ignites the audience to cross barriers of time and see the way of life of our Native Nations and our people. The continued success of the Program is brought to you by the tireless efforts of the members/volunteers of the Miss Indian Arizona Association (MIAA), the Executive Director of the Association, the City of Chandler, the Tribes of Arizona, and private entrepreneurs and enterprises who have generously contributed financial support. The driving factor is that the Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program is a positive symbol of Indian womanhood that promotes and fulfills the promise of those who 55years ago, foresaw the mystic and destiny of the title.

The Miss Indian Arizona Association and the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona invites you to come out and support our young Indian women as they proudly display their talent, poise, grace and speaking ability and most importantly their tribal traditions on stage. We are proud to announce that the following young women will be carrying on the 56th year of a fine tradition on behalf of the Indian people of Arizona.

The 56th Annual Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program will be held on October 14, 2017 at 6:30 PM at the Chandler Center of the Arts. Tickets can be purchased electronically at www.chandlercenter.org. Cost of admission is $17.00 for adults and $7.00 for children. Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ. The Indian Art Expo Pre-show, presented by the City of Chandler and the MIAA will be held on the front patio of the Center for the Arts from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. For further information visit www.chandleraz.gov/indianaz.

In 2012, the Association amended the rules to allow two young ladies from each of Arizona’s 22 tribes to participate. This is the fourth time in the Program’s history where only five young ladies are contending for the title. The MIAA plans to set up meetings with Royalty/Pageant Committees, Tribes, other interested youth groups, universities and schools to provide outreach to more young Indian women. MIAA will also initiate a public relations campaign to promote the MIA Program.

For more information about the Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program, volunteering or donations please visit our website at www.missindianarizona.com.

55th Miss Indian Arizona Crowned

The 55th Annual Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program came to an end with the crowning of Shaandiin Paul Parrish of the Navajo Tribe. She was crowned as Miss Indian Arizona, 2016-17 on October 8th at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Shaandiin is the 22 year old daughter of Shelly Parrish and Timothy Begay and has one brother and one sister. She is attending Arizona State University and plans to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Service and Public Policy. Shaandiin serves on the ASU American Indian Council and is a past Miss Indian Arizona 2nd Attendant. She also received the awards for Talent and Oral Presentation.

Although Shaandiin was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation she is not fluent in the Navajo language. To be fluent is her greatest educational and personal goal. She completes in pageants to improve her public speaking abilities, to practice the Navajo language and to learn more about her culture.

As Miss Indian Arizona, Shaandiin’s platform will be to encourage Native American youth of Arizona to DREAM BIG. “I believe that the power of change lies within the hands of the current generation’s youth. Children have imaginations beyond belief and I believe this creativity can help our Native American communities to innovate new solutions to old problems. Everything starts with a small thought that might grow into a dream. I think the youth just need encouragement to pursue their dreams by setting goals. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the people that believed in me”.

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