The 2013 Miss Navajo Nation contestants:
Miss Navajo 2013 Contestant Video 1 1/2 min
Contestant 1 Cherish Tso (Chinle,AZ)
My name is Cherish Tso. I am twenty-three years old. I am Big Water People Clan, born for the Cliff Dwellers People Clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Water flowing Together People Clan and my paternal grandfather’s are of the Bitter Water People Clan. I have studied at College of Eastern Utah and Dine’ College. I love to volunteer my time to people in any way possible and am constantly on the quest for social knowledge. I thank God for my salvation. I’d also like to thank all my friends and family for believing in me. As Miss Navajo Nation, I would like to be a role model to each and every one of you. Thank you, Ahe’he’e’
Contestant 2 Darian Renae Isaac (Hard Rock, AZ)
My name is Darian Renae Isaac. I am 19 years old. I currently reside in Navajo, Arizona and am affiliated with Nahata Dzill Chapter within the Fort Defiance Agency. My clan is Many Goats/Tlizii Lani, born for the Chishi Dine’/Chiricahua Apache Clan. My cheii is Nakaii Dine’ and nali’ is Lookah Dine.’ I have three siblings. I have an older brother who is 21 and two younger sisters, one is 16 and the youngest is 7. My plans for the future include joining the Air Force with an emphasis on Mechanics and/or Special Forces. My hobbies are playing music, singing with friends, going to powwows and lastly, auto mechanics.
Contestant 3 Natasha Hardy (St. Michaels, Ariz.)
Ya’at’eeh! Shi ei Natasha Hardy yinishye. Kinyaa’aanii nishliigo, K’etlahi bashishchiin, Hashk’ahadzohi ei dashichee, aadoo Naakai Dine’e ei dashinali. I am from Hunter’s Point, AZ which is considered part of the Fort Defiance Agency. My loving parents are Katherine and Gerald Nez. My maternal grandparents are Marie and Billy Hardy of Hunter’s Point, AZ. My paternal grandparents are the late Mary Alice Shay and Mark Nez of Lukachukai, AZ. I am 24 years old. I have three beautiful little sisters of which I am the eldest. I am a 2007 graduate of Window Rock High School. At first, I furthered my education at UNM-Gallup majoring in Dental Hygiene; in the fall of 2010, I decided to switch my major for something that I felt would be more rewarding. With that, I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education for Dine’ Teachers with Dine’ College. The decision to change my major was fairly easy. I felt that the revitalization of our Navajo language and culture was very important and necessary. I truly believe this is my purpose. If I am blessed with the honor of representing this great nation, I will emphasize our traditional way of life and to stress the importance of teaching. Lastly, without the support and teachings of my family, I would know be who I am today. Instilled in me are their teachings, knowledge and wisdom of our language and the Navajo way of life. For this, I am and will always be eternally grateful.
Contestant 4 Versheena Toria Dempsey (Lukachukai, AZ)
My name is Versheena Toria Dempsey. My clans are Coyote Pass, born for the Mexican People. My maternal clan is Folded Arm People; my paternal clan is Tangle People. I am 20 years, I will attend my first year at Dine’ College. My parents are Jay and Lorena Dempsey. My father is from Pinon, Arizona and my mother is from Lukachukai, Arizona. My grandmother is Coletta Nez from Lukachukai, Arizona. My grandfather is Tom Robert Chee from Many Farms, Arizona but resides in Tsaile, Arizona. My paternal grandparents are Violet Dempsey from Tolani Lake, AZ and the late Jack Dempsey Sr. from Pinon, AZ. I am the fourth eldest of my six siblings.
Contestant 5 Joni Pino (Twin Lakes, N.M.)
Greetings, my name is Joni Pino. My clans are the Ute People Clan, born for the Tangle People Clan. My maternal grandfather’s clan is the Yucca Fruit Strung Out on a Line Clan from Grey Mountain, Arizona. My paternal grandfather’s clan is the Sleepy Rock People Clan from Pine Hill, New Mexico. I am 25 years old and from Bahastl’ah, New Mexico. My grandmother is Shirley Davis of Bahastl’ah, NM. My grandfather was the late Percy Johnson of Cameron, Arizona. My mother is Gayleen Johnson-Jackson of Bahastl’ah, NM. My father who has raised me and supported me is Roy B. Jackson of Beeshbito, Arizona. My paternal grandparents are Irene and Bahe Jackson of Beeshbito, AZ. My biological father is Jonah Pino of Pine Hill, NM. My blood paternal grandparents are the late Christine and Tommy Pino both from Pine Hill, NM. I graduated from Northern Arizona University in December of 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies of Learning Pedagogy and Elementary Education with an emphasis in Sociology. Now I am aiming for my Master’s Degree in Counseling at Western New Mexico University. I plan to continue on the hopefully receive my Doctorates in Counseling. I held three dignitary titles the past 3 years: Miss Indian Northern Arizona University 1st Attendant, Miss Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial Queen 2011-2012 and Miss Bahastl’ah Veterans 2012-2013. This is who I am as a Dine’ woman in society.
Contestant 6 Wallita Begay (Monument Valley, Utah)
Ya’at’eeh. Shi’ei Wallita Begay yinishyee. Bitahnii nishlii, Tachiinii bashi’cheen. Todichiii das hi cheii, Tlizh’lhani das hi nail. Shi’ cheii ei Seth Bigman wolye. Monument Valley de nasha. I come from one of six children. I have 1 older brother and 5 sisters. I have my bachelor’s of Science of Biology from Southern Utah University. I am very happy and excited to be here competing. Thank you for your time and support. Ahe’hee.
Contestant 7 Brittany Hunt (Shonto, AZ)
Ya’at’eeh shik’ei doo shidine’e! Shi ei Brittany Hunt yinishye. Kinliichii’ nii ei nishli. Tsi’naajiinii ei bashishchiin. ‘Ashiihi ei dashicheii. Hashtl’ishii ei dashinali. Betatakin, Hoozdoh hadoodzo dee nasha’. Shonto Chapter House doo Navajo Western Agency ei shil hadoodzo. Naadiin dii’ shinaghai. Shima ei Sarah Hunt wolye. Shizhe’e ei Calvin Hunt wolye. Shimasani ei Betty Tsinijinnie wolye. Shicheii ei Harrison Tsinijinnie wolye. Shinali asdzaa’ ei Edith Hunt wolye nidee’. Shinali hastiin ei James Hunt, Sr wolye. Akoteego ei asdzani nishli. Naso’ hiidesk’agoo nihi alchini Dine K’ehjigo yaadaltii’, Dine’ beiina’, doo be’I’ool’iil bil beedahozindo nisin. Binahji nizhonigo Dine’ bikeyah bikaa’ neikai. Ei biniiyee, Miss Navajo Nation deeshleel nisin. ‘Ahe’hee’.
Contestant 8 Lailauni Moore (Wheatfields, AZ)
Ya’at’eeh, my name is Lailauni J. Moore. My maternal clan is Ta’neeznanii (Tangle People), my paternal clan is Ashiihi (Salt People), and my maternal grandfather is Todichiinii (Bitter Water), my paternal grandfather is Naakai Dine’e (Mexican People). I am 19 years old and my parents are James and Laurinda Moore. I have six siblings. I am originally from Wheatfields, Arizona. My maternal grandmother is the Late Irene Davis and my maternal grandfather is Nelson Hobb. My paternal grandmother is the late Irene Moore and my paternal grandfather is Jimmie Moore.
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Miss Navajo Nation Pageant will be held during the Navajo Nation Fair, September 4-7, 2013
2013 Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Schedule
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
9am- Butchering/Bread Making Competition
Thursday, September 5, 2013
9am- Navajo Interview Panel Judging (Closed to the Public)
1:30pm- Traditional Skills & Talent Competition
Friday, September 6, 2013
9am-Contemporary Skills & Talent Competition
6pm MNNP Evening Gown Competition will be judged during the NACE Fashion Show
Saturday, September 7, 2013
6pm Coronation of Miss Navajo Nation 2013-2014
• Must be an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation with a tribal census number.
• Must be 18 to 25 years of age, never married and with no children.
• Must be knowledgeable in Navajo Culture, History, Values, and Traditions.
• Must speak fluent Navajo and English.
• Previous Miss Navajo Nations are not eligible.
• Must not be holding an active crown or title during pageant events.
• More information contact OMNN (928) 871-6379
Office of Miss Navajo Nation
P.O Box 2860 Window Rock, AZ 86515
Office: (928) 871- 6379 • Fax: (928) 871- 6385 fax