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New Miss Indian World crowned

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Cheyenne Brady, a member of the Sac and Fox tribe of North Dakota, was crowned Miss Indian World 2015 at the 32nd Gathering of Nations, which concluded Saturday night at WisePies Arena, aka The Pit.

Ashley Pino, 25, from Acoma, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, was named first runner-up. She is a member of the Acoma, Santo Domingo and Northern Cheyenne tribes.

The annual powwow is the largest event of its kind in the world, attracting more than 3,000 Native American and indigenous dancers from 700 tribes across the country, Canada and Mexico. The event also draws more about 100,000 spectators and nearly 800 Native American and indigenous artists and artisans.

It is estimated to generate about $21 million in the local community, making it the second-largest event behind the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, according to a spokesman at the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.

Judges selected Brady, 22, from a field of 21 Native American women who competed in such categories as tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking and personality.

Brady, a student at North Dakota State University, will travel around the world during the next year educating people about tribal culture and religion, as well as serve as a role model and ambassador of good will on behalf of all Native Americans.

The second runner-up was 25-year-old Baillie Redfern, from Ontario, Canada, a member of the M├ętis Nation and a student at the University of British Columbia.

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