New Miss Indian Nations – Proud to be Indian

Bismarck, North Dakota (UTN/ICC)

Shere Lynn Wright (Sicangu Lakota/Rosebud Sioux) Rosebud, SD, shares the joy of becoming Miss Indian Nations XV with Little Miss Rosebud Shay Len Guerue, Grass Mountain Community, Rosebud, SD, following a coronation ceremony during the United Tribes International Powwow.

A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is the new Miss Indian Nations. Shere Lynn Wright (Sicangu Lakota/Rosebud Sioux) was selected as the fifteenth Miss Indian Nations during September.

“I am honored to be chosen,” said Wright after being crowned during the United Tribes International Powwow.

Miss Wright, 26, is the daughter of Lenard and Daisy Wright, Rosebud, SD. She has one brother, Andrew, and one sister, Lene, both Rosebud.

Wright is a student at Sinte Gleska University, Rosebud, SD. She has twice been selected Miss SGU Wikoshkalaka (Young Woman), attending cultural functions, performing Lakota sign language and public speaking.

Wright believed that she would be a good candidate for Miss Indian Nations. In a letter of intent she wrote that she is proud to be Native American. I know the history and culture and I am not afraid to express my feelings in public.

I come from humble surroundings and have empathy for the people and can relate to them, she wrote.

“Everyone says there’s such helplessness in Indian County,” Wright said tearfully to those attending the coronation. “But the young ladies in this program show that’s not true. They inspired me.”

Wright is a graduate of Todd County High School, Mission, SD. She is vice president of the He Sapa Wacipi/Black Hills Powwow, and a former runner up in the Miss Indian Nations Program.

Following three days of judging, Miss Wright won the talent competition and the Miss Congeniality Award. After the coronation, Miss Wright was presented to the audience attending the powwow.

Competing for the national title were four other candidates from tribes around the country. Named First Runner Up was Tammara Rogers (Navajo/Zuni) Crown Point, NM. Selected Second Runner Up and also winning the Children’s Choice Award was Ta Sunke Gli Nanji Win (Standing Rock Lakota) McLaughlin, SD. Third Runner Up and winner of the Presidential Award was Marcella Cruz (White Mountain Apache) White River, AZ. Mary Eagle (Standing Rock Sioux/Chippewa) Fort Yates, ND, received the Tribal Chairman’s Award.

Miss Wright was presented with the crown by outgoing Miss Indian Nations Ponka-We Victors (Tohono O’odam) Wichita, Kan.

Participants were judged on traditional skills, public appearance and presentations, communication skill and speaking ability, personal conduct, and answers to general and impromptu questions.

The Miss Indian Nations program is open to single, non-parent American Indian women ages 17 to 26. Miss Wright will serve for one year as a cultural ambassador. United Tribes Technical College coordinates her public appearances. Sponsorships and contributions are accepted to help underwrite the program.

For more information or to schedule an appearance, contact Miss Indian Nations at United Tribes Technical College, 3315 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504, 701-255-3285. Visit the website and click on Miss Indian Nations.