Jessa Rae Growing Thunder, from Poplar, Montana and member of the Ft. Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes, tonight was crowned Miss Indian World at the 29th Annual Gathering of Nations, according to a release from the Powwow.
Growing Thunder was one of 28 Native American women representing their different tribes and traditions who competed in the areas of tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking and personality assessment.
“The Miss Indian World title is one of the most prestigious honors among Native American and indigenous people. The winner provides a cultural link between tribes and helps bring together native and indigenous people throughout the world,” Derek Mathews, founder of the Gathering of Nations, said in the statement released a few minutes ago.
Growing Thunder, who is 22-years-old, will travel to many native and indigenous communities around the world on behalf of the powwow. She is originally from Polar, Montana and is currently attending college at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, CO.