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Miss Indian World candidates sought

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The 30th Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, the world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people, is now accepting applications for the 2013 Miss Indian World competition, the Cibola Beacon reported.

This year’s Gathering of Nations will be held April 25, 26 and 27, and is held on the last full weekend in April every year at the University of New Mexico Arena (“The Pit”) in Albuquerque, according to the Gathering of Nations website.

Each year, Native American women representing their different tribes and traditions compete for the title of Miss Indian World in the areas of tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking, essay writing and a personality assessment, the Beacon said.

The current Miss Indian World is Jessa Rae Growing Thunder, a 22-year-old member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine/Sioux of Poplar, Mont., who is a student at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

The competition is open to any single woman between 18 and 25, who has never been married, has no children and has knowledge of tribal traditions — all current tribal royalty and all young Native women are encouraged to apply.

The application should include a personal essay, two letters of recommendation, a current photograph and proof of tribal affiliation, according to the Beacon.

Applications must be received by March 20 at 3301 Coors Road NW, R300, Albuquerque NM 87120 or sent by FAX to 1-505-839-0475. Click here for more information.

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