Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Contestants 2017

Pageant Contestants

Darienne Nez, Crystal Littleben, Kaylee Walker Begay, Rayvon Yazzie, Devin Gorman, Niagara Rockbridge, Kayla Martinez, and Summer Jake

Contestant #1 Summer Jake
My name is Summer Jake; I am Coyote Pass Clan, born for Water Flows Together. I am 24 years old, born in Gallup, NM and raised in Goat Springs AZ. My parents are April James and Arnold Jake and attend St. Michael’s Indian School then graduated in 2011 on May 21. For the past four years, attended Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ and graduated with a B.S. in Biology this past May of 2017.

My future goals are to attend a Clinical Psychology program at Midwestern in Glendale, AZ and come back to the reservation to work in a Psych Department. If chosen as Miss Navajo Nation 2017-2018, I want to be able to encourage young Diné people to follow their dreams, to work hard to acquire their goals that most people look at as impossible. Also, I want to promote healthier living from increasing physical activity and having healthier eating habits. Lastly, to stress the importance of Diné Bizaad, to keep it from dying.

Contestant #2 Kayla Martinez
My name is Kayla Martinez. I am 22 years old and I am from Tuba City, Arizona. am part of the Salt Clan born for the Edgewater Clan. My maternal grandfather was part of the Big Lodge people of the Crow Tribe, but, unfortunately passed away. My paternal grandfather is from Red Running into Water Clan.

My decision to run for the Miss Navajo Pageant began when I was a young child. My grandmother, who was always encouraging me to be the very best could be, told me that to achieve your dreams; one must be willing to do what it takes to make it come true. I grew up with these teachings, as my family relocated from my hometown in Tse Bonito, New Mexico to Page, Arizona. I never forgot my grandmother’s teachings, applied it as well as many other teachings in my life. Being a Pastor’s Daughter, some of those morality teachings came helpful in different areas in my life. May of 2010, I was promoted from Page Middle School, soon after was when my family again relocated to Tuba City, Arizona. The reason for relocating was because my family started a church. I personally wasn’t too thrilled to be moving to Tuba City, Arizona, but after being there for the past seven years it’s become my home.

Through observing, I have noticed different issues; I wish to address and hope to become an advocate for as the next Miss Navajo. The first is pertaining to our elders. It is a way of life in the process of life that it comes to an end. How our society and younger generation treat them is unacceptable. The treatment that they are expendable and unimportant is saddening. The second is directed to the victims and families of victims who have been impacted and change due to the social discourses of suicide domestic violence and sexual assault. I understand that this is a very sensitive topic in our nation but it must be addressed by someone who has come through it. I wish to be the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves. Lastly is to bring housing that is attainable and affordable to starting families. Not only through NHA but to bring forth a designed specifically for our local area that is not only affordable but energy efficient as well. This housing will not be just for the well-off families but more for those who can afford the typical NHA bill, the one’s starting families on the one income.

Contestant #3 Niagara Rockbridge
Fruit clan. My maternal grandparents are the Wandering People clan and my paternal grandparents are Near the Water clan. I am 18 years old. I grew up in Tselani/Cottonwood where I was raised in a traditional Hogan with horses, sheep, and a cornfield. Frequently, I travel to Pinon, Arizona where mynal asdzaa is from. Here is where I call my second home. As a student at Pinon High School I strived to get the most out of my education. The result of me striving for this goal was graduating in the top 5 of my class. As l attended grade school I had kept in mind my ultimate goal of becoming a veterinarian. Since the age of 12I had begun Working with the reservation vet Dr. Adrianne Ruby as a veterinary assistant. This helped me educate not only myself but the community as well. While I was a student in elementary, middle school, and high school I would also compete for various titles. At a young age, I represented school titles and small organizations as well. As I matured Iran for an agency title. From 2010 to 2011 I was crowned Miss Central Navajo Pre-teen. In Between the years of 2011 to 2014 I carried school titles. It was until 2015 to 2016 had the honor of carrying Miss Teen Navajo. Throughout all my reigns promoted our Dine language, culture, health care of our livestock, veterans, elders, and special needs individuals, Since 2015 I have broaden my horizons and decided to run for Miss Navajo Nation. If I were selected would promote the preservation of our Dine way of life through advocating for Our elders’ Way of life, their livestock and our cultural values that tie these three subjects together.

Contestant #4 Devon Gorman
Hello, I am Devon Gorman. I am White; my matrilineal descendant tracing back to French immigrants from New Orleans. lamborn for the Cliff Dwellers clan. My maternal grandfather is Hispanic, and my paternal grandfather is of the Water’s Edge clan. I am 25 years of age and come from Chinle, Arizona. There live with my mother and father, Lorna Barreras and Melvin Gorman. They both work at the Chinle Junior High School. In addition to my parents, also have one older sister, Jennifer Gorman, who works at the Tsehootsooi Medical Center. We all work together to help take care of our cattle on the western mesas of Chinle.

L attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies. Since Graduating in December of 2015, have worked as an intern at Canyon de Chelly National Monument for the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as the park’s volunteer ambassador. help to promote volunteerism for public lands, but specifically at the Canyon. I am fortunate to have found a work opportunity at home and hope to continue my career on the Navajo Nation as well.

Contestant #5 Ravonelle Yazzie
Hello and greetings everyone within the Navajo Nation and beyond I originally come from the community of Steamboat, Arizona, specifically, five miles south of the Steamboat Rock in an area called High Country. I am the granddaughter of the late Helen B. Begay and Leonard Begay. My mother’s are the Water’s Edge Clan. My father’s are the One-Walks-Around Clan. My maternal grandfather’s are the Red House Clan. My paternal grandfather’s are the Red Running Into the Water Clan. My paternal grandparents are Ella and Alex Yazzie of St. Michaels. Arizona. My parents are Roselyn and Alvin Yazzie. I am the middle child of two siblings: an older sister named Rachelle Yazzie and a younger sister named Alvanna Yazzie. I am also the aunt to my older sister’s six-year-old son Rylan Begay. We all reside in St. Michaels, Arizona. In 2013, I graduated from Window Rock High School. Four years later, I earned my Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Educational Studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Even though I attended college, I realized that, as Diné, we must carry on our Navajo tradition and culture passed on to us by our grandpas and grandmas. It is sacred. We must always speak our mother language. My name is Ravonelle Yazzie but you may call me Ravon.

Contestant #6 Kayl Walker Begay
Kaylee Walker Begay comes from strong blood lineage of the Naashteezhi Tabaaha women of Canyon De Chelly (Zuni Edge-Water Clan), born for the Taneeszanii (Tangle Clan), her maternal grandfathers are of Tlaaschi’i (Red Cheek People Clan), and her Paternal grandfathers are of Tachiinii (Red-Streak R People Clan). She is 24 years young, Originally from T”iis Nanit”I better known as Cottonwood Canyon which is located in Canyon De Chelly. She resides near where the water flow out from Canyon De Chelly. Her passion in sustaining the Dine Language has inspired her to become a certified bilingual teacher.

Contestant #7 Crystal Littleben

Crystal Littleben is of the Navajo Diné) tribe, born and raised for twenty-five years on the Navajo iNation. She is of the Red House (Kin ?ichíinii) clan, born for the Coyote Pass (Ma’i Deeshgizhnii) clan. Her maternal grandfather’s clan is the Bitter Water (Biih Bitoohnii) and her paternal grandfather’s clan is the Under His Cover (Bit’ahnii). Crystal is originally from Tuba City, Arizona but grew up in Round Rock, Arizona. This is how she introduces herself as a Navajo (Diné woman.

Her parents are Dorothy B. Littleben from Tuba City, Arizona and Thomas Littleben, Jr. from Round Rock, Arizona. Her maternal grandmother was Lola Bilagody from Cowsprings, Arizona and her maternal grandfather was Henry Bilagody from Tuba City, Arizona. Her paternal grandmother is Louise Littleben from Round Rock, Arizona and her paternal grandfather was Thomas Littleben, Sr. from Rock Point, Arizona.

A daughter of a social worker and Navajo Linguist, it was only natural for her to pursue either profession. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Native American Studies from Northern Arizona University. Crystal currently works at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, for the Navajo Cultural Arts Program as a Project Coordinator. Her job gives her the daily dose of Navajo Cultural Arts and Language that she needs to pursue and accomplish her life goals. It also gives her the opportunity to work and motivate students to continue to learn the Navajo Culture and Language. The Navajo Cultural Arts Program intends to enhance and revitalize traditional Navajo cultural arts practices while providing opportunities for Navajo cultural arts knowledge holders and master artisans to share their unique skills in multigenerational setting.

If Crystal were chosen as Miss Navajo Nation, her platform will be Holistic Well-Being. She plans to promote positive and healthy living physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. She believes that our Navajo tradition is about balance and each holistic dimension contains many sub-categories. She heartily understands that we are in an environment where achieving this holistic balance is crucial. Her platform integrates and promotes our Sa’áh Naagháí Bik’éh Hozhóón way of life.

Contestant #8 Darienne Nez

Darienne Nez is T6’aháni (Near To Water Clan) and born for Tödlich’i'(Bitter Water Clan). Her maternal grandfather is T“izí Lání (Many Goats Clan) and her paternal grandfather is Tá’b??há (Water’s Edge Clan). Her maternal grandparents are Lena and Howard Begay. Lena is originally from Black Mesa, Az, and Howard is from Coalmine Canyon, Az, Darienne’s paternal grandparents are Margarete and Clark Et sitty, Margarete is Lukachukai, Az, and Clark is from Forest Lake, Az, Darienne is 25 years old and has two older sisters.

Darienne was raised on the beautiful lands of Coalmine, Az, where she was able live a simple humble life with no access to running water or electricity. Her constant exposure to horses allowed her to develop skills, such as training horses, trimming their hooves, racing horses, and at one point was involved in barrel racing. Her connection with horses has taught her valuable skills such patients and hard-work. Darienne also has a deep passion for the environment which has been influenced by her traditional upbringing

In 2016, Darienne graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Northern Arizona University. While she was in school she had the pleasure of working for the NASA Space Grant program doing independent research on Climate Change and the impacts of rising carbon dioxide levels on crustaceans. She was also able to work for the Institute of Tribal Environmental Programs (ITEP) for 2 years working with youth on and off the Navajo reservation promoting and educating about Climate Change. Since being back at home Darienne started working with veterinarian Dr. Adrienne Ruby, aka “Rez Vet, helping animals all across the Navajo Reservation. Darienne plans to enroll into graduate school together Master’s degree in Animal Science or Environmental Policies.

If chosen for Miss Navajo Nation she hopes to promote awareness of domestic violence, campaign for love and respect for Mother Earth, and advocate for the primacy of our Dine language and culture. Darienne grew up in a domestic violent home; fortunately she was able to escape its far-reaching effects and now has a father that respects her mother. Her and her sisters were raised with the teaching that motherhood is a sacred role and relationship to be treasured. Combined with education, she believes her story can help victims and their families, possibly even saving lives. She wants to be a source of hope, encouraging victims to understand that a home without domestic abuse produces the conditions for empowerment.

She understands Mother Earth has healing and restorative properties. She believes we are a people that need to find our roots and give back to the Earth, by cleaning up our lands. Darienne also believes when we do not teach our children the beautiful language and culture of our ancestors, we deprive them of powerful weapons long used to maintain healthy minds, bodies, and spirits. She believes we can and must inspire our Dine youth to reclaim the enduring knowledge and wisdom of our elders.

If chosen for Miss Navajo Nation, she wants to challenge her Dine people to honor relationships as grounding forces to promote individual, spiritual, and collective health and strength. She believes that positive relationships can be the richest source of healing through the practice of Ké and Hózhó. Our teachings should remind us of the often forgotten relationships between living beings, elements of nature, and inanimate objects,

If selected as Miss Navajo she would represent her Dine people with dignity and humility. She would represent the Navajo nation as a committed ambassador, dedicating her time and energy to providing opportunities, promoting awareness, and instilling the highest aspirations in her Dine people.


Navajo Nation Fair Events 2017 (Full List)


Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams

Wonderful Story made for young readers about a little black bear called Lump Lump, who isn’t quite ready to hibernate for the winter.

With the help of his mother, Blue Bird, and his forest friends, Lump Lump gathers materials for Spider Woman to weave him a Blanket of Dreams.

Drawn from Navajo tradition you will find many characters from the Navajo Creation Story including bear, fox, hawk, and bluebird.

From the publisher:

Have you ever resisted sleep because the world is just too exciting?

No child wants to go to bed after an active day but Lump Lump, the bear is looking for something worse, hibernation, just when life is getting started to get interesting.

Only the rumor of a mysterious ‘Blanket of Dreams’ can enticed him to journey into a place he initially resist in this Native American bedtime story about friendship, Navajo folklore, and the weaving of the blanket that brings everything together.

Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams was written with the idea that parents Will it read aloud and discuss it with their kids. All ages would be attracted to the eye popping color artwork and  Navajo weaving references throughout.

Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams encourages understanding and promotes cultural connections through a picture book bedtime story with the rare ability to interest adults and children alike.


“There are numerous children’s picture book retellings of folk legends from around the world on the market today, and many for Native American stories — but Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams is an exceptional addition to the genre literature that deserves to be included in any picture book collections where Native American stories are a feature.”
-Donovan’s Shelf, Donovan’s Literary Services

“Numerous adaptations of folktales from other countries appear as children’s picture books yearly, but few are as compelling and highly recommended at Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams:  Inspired by Navajo Culture and Folklore.”  “…full-color illustrations are simply gorgeous, eye-popping productions that truly stand apart…” “…Not only did Navajo weaver Barbara Teller Ornelas contribute a blanket to the story line for illustration, but she served as a consultant for the story, helping to fine-tune its Navajo cultural insights.  Ms. Ornelas’ weavings are in the Smithsonian, the British Museum, and many other galleries.” “…evocative, soaring, image-filled language…”   “….will easily move beyond the category of ‘picture book folklore read-aloud’ and into the realm of Native American studies.”  

-Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Read the”K-Gr. 3″  “Lump Lump,  a bear cub, is not keen on hibernation, until he hears Blue Bird’s song about “a blanket of dreams.”   “…There are many sweet, non insistent lessons gathered into this tale drawn from Navajo tradition…”  “Along with the life lessons it contains, this story has an incantatory rhythm that would lend itself beautifully as a wind down to sleep.”

Gwen Jackson’s Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams is available for purchase Here

Navajo Nation Outdoor Recreation

Navajo Nation Offers New Off-Season Outdoor Recreation

monument valley marathon

WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – Towering chestnut rock formations…crisp cool skies and soothing temperatures.
It’s a calming ambiance of Navajo that gives most visitors a sense of peace and a haven of solace. And there is certainly no shortage of stunning attractions and unparalleled scenery here in the heart of the great Southwest.
This is where traditional Navajo culture and echoes of history come to life. In fact, Navajo cultural treasures abound, which mystifies many a traveler.
Navajo tourism studies have revealed that a majority of Navajoland visitors come to the Navajo Nation to see its scenery and often return for a second visit. Visitors can enjoy an array of Navajo tribal parks, national parks, museums, tribal fairs, year-round Navajo cultural events, rodeos, hunting and fishing.
To add to the showcase of Navajo adventures, visitors can now add walking, hiking and running to their list. Within the past several months, the Navajo Nation has been working diligently with various partners to develop new venues and activities for outdoor recreation enthusiasts who specifically enjoy hiking and running.
The Navajo Nation has some of the finest and stellar outdoor hiking and running trails in the world for people who have a love for the outdoors.
Feel the warmth and feel the welcome. Marvel and embrace the timeless beauty of the Navajo people and relaxing atmosphere of Mother Nature.
So take serenity to a whole new level and mark your calendar to participate in two new outdoor events on the northern outskirts of the Navajo Nation. On Saturday, October 29th there will be an event called the Natisaan Trail Ultra, which is a 50-mile marathon that will begin from Navajo Mountain Chapter House to Rainbow Bridge and back.
On Saturday, November 19th, there will be a Monument Valley Marathon at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The half marathon and full marathon begins at 10 a.m.
On December 8-11th, also a first-time event, there will be a four-state marathon called the Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon Challenge. On four separate days, runners will run in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado and end at Four Corners Monument. Thursday, December 8th will be Arizona, Friday is Utah, Saturday is Colorado and Sunday is New Mexico. For information about these hiking and running events, contact www.navajoyes.org
The Navajo Nation is also home to a new hiking and running trail called the Navajo Nation Museum Trail in Window Rock, Arizona. The trail begins from the Navajo Nation Museum and heads north and ends at the Window Rock Navajo Tribal Veterans Memorial Park.

Navajo Fine Arts Show and Competition

Nizhoni Arts Market September 8 – 11, 2016

at the Navajo Nation Fair

Navajo Fine Arts Show and Competition

Fine Arts Competition
Wednesday, September 7,  1 pm

Art Market Hours:
Thursday, September 8, 9 am
Friday, September 9, am
Saturday, September 10, 9 am
Sunday, September 11, 9 am

Welcome to the Fine Arts and Crafts Show at the Navajo Nation Fair. The show Feature “World Class” Authentic Arts by Renowned and Up & Coming Navajo Artisans.

Entries Taken from:

Sunday, September 4th from 9am – 5pm and & Tuesday, September 6th from 8am till Noon at Gorman Hall

Gorman Hall will be closed on Monday, Labor Day


All work must be handmade by the artist within the period of September 2015 to September 2016. Art must relate to the artist’s tribal affiliation.

Eligibility & Tribal Verification
The Fine Arts Competition is Inter-Tribal. The artist is required to provide proof of enrollment by providing a copy of their Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB), Proof of Identification for senioreligibility.

Art Delivery
Each Artist Allowed to enter ONLY two items for Fine Arts Competition, The Navajo Nation Museum staff will not accept entries at the NNMNO entries will be accepted after 3:00pm on both days.

For more information contact: Clarenda Begay (928) 592-2813

Navajo Fine Arts Show and Competition

Navajo Nation Fair Fine Arts Show

Navajo Fair Arts Show

Navajo Nation Fair Baby Contest

September 4, 2017

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Window Rock Sports Center

Flyers  Courtesy of Navajo Nation Fair Office – Special Events Section.

Last years winners

1st, 2nd and & 3rd place

1st Place Winners
Tyrann J. Kee – 1 – 6 months
Malakaih Money – 6.1 – 12 months
Eliza Benally – 12.1 – 24 months
Mya Faith Marez – 24.1 – 36 months
Shanoah Largo 36.1 – 48 months
Lariana R. Halwood 48.1 – 60 months

img_78202nd Place Winners
Kitana Guy 1 – 6 months
Mindy Bahe 6.1 – 12
Lyle Holyan 12.1 – 24
Keegan L. Halwood 24.1 – 36 months
Kimara Hannaweeke 36.1 – 48 months
Kyla Bitsie 48.1 – 60

3rd Place Winners
Rylee R. Lee 1 – 6 months
Emily Dahozy 6.1 – 12
KeeLee C. Benally 12.1 – 24
Paisley A. Goodluck 24.1 – 36 months
Jacoby E. Roanhorse 36.1 – 48 months
Zooey A. Todachenie 48.1 – 60


On-site entries will be taken on Monday, September 5, 2016 at the Window Rock Sports Center from 10 am to 2 pm. Limited to the first 15 entries in each categories. Entry Forms available at the Navajo Nation Fair Office
Must submit original required document at the time of registration:
1. Birth Certificate
2. Certification of Indian Blood(CIB)



10:00 AM Onsite Entries taken – Window Rock Sports Center


1:00 PM 1 – 6 MONTHS
2:00 PM 6.1 – 12 MONTHS
3:00 PM 12.1 – 24 MONTHS


10:00 AM 24,1 – 36 MONTHS
22:00 PM 36.1 – 48 MONTHS
2:00 PM 48.1 – 60 MONTHS
Baby Contest coordinator: Patricia Bitsue (928)871-6902

Flyers  Courtesy of Navajo Nation Fair Office – Special Events Section.


Navajo Nation Fair Events 2017 (Full List)

Navajo Nation Fair Open Junior Rodeo

September 1, 2019 at 8:00 am

Navajo Nation Fair Open Junior Rodeo

Dean C. Jackson Memorial Arena, Window Rock, AZ

Contact Information:

Benita Jaye (505) 728-3654
Jolynn Martinez (505) 409-3267

Navajo Nation Fair Events 2019 (Full List)

Horticulture Home Arts & Science

Navajo Nation Fair 2016

September 5-11, 2016
Nakai Hall Navajo Nation Fairgrounds

Horticulture | Home Arts & Science

Monday through Thursday September 5th – 8th, 2016
Home Arts and Science entries taken 10 a.m.

Friday September 9th 2016
Judging of all entries 10 a.m. (Closed to Public)

Saturday September 10th 2016
Home Arts and Science Horticulture exhibits open to public 10 a.m.

Sunday September 11th 2016
Farmers Market Nakai Hall 10 a.m
Entries pickup 10 a.m.

Cash rewards to respective classes in categories:
Top Farmer/Gardener | Top Artisan | Best of show | Best Produce | Floral Arangements | Indian Corn | Fruits and Vegetables | Irrigation Farmers | Best Tasting Melon | Creative Display, and many more.

Horticulture home Arts and Science coordinator Judy R. Willeto 928-871-6071

Flyers by Scott Tom Courtesy of Navajo Nation Fair Office – Special Events Section.

Horticulture  Home Arts & Science

Navajo Nation Fair Events 2016 (Full List)

Miss Central Navajo Pageant


Date: FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019

Photo Courtesy of Miss Central Navajo pageant. 

To qualify as a contestant for Miss Central Navajo, all applicants must:
– Be female.
– Be 18 to 23 years of age (must be 23 years old up to January 31, 2016).
– Be an enrolled member of the Navajo Tribe with a census number.
– Be bilingual in the Navajo and English language.
– Be knowledgeable of Navajo history, culture and tradition.
– Be attending a school or college on or near the Navajo reservation during her reign.
– Never married and no dependents (children).
– Have long hair.
– Submit a recent Physical Examination or Physicians statement for general/physical health statue. NOTE:
be no more than 30 days old upon receiving the Miss Central Navajo title/crown.
– Not be serving in any active military duty.
– Not be holding another title/crown. NOTE: If you are a current titleholder of another crown, a written
statement is needed from the event coordinator that you have relinquished the title and crown to your
next successor.
– Not be a previous Miss Central Navajo.
– Submit verification of enrollment if in school or college.
– Submit three (3) Letters of Recommendation. NOTE: Letters from family members and/or personal
friends will not be accepted.
– Submit two (2) 8 x 10 Color photographs in both modern and traditional attire.
– Submit a 500 word essay on the following subject, “Contributions I would make as Miss Central
Navajo 2016-2017”.
– Submit a non-refundable $75.00 registration fee payable to the Central Navajo Fair C/O Miss Central
Navajo Pageant Committee. (Money orders only)
– Reside in a community in the Central Navajo Agency

Central Navajo Fair Schedule and events:

Map Location

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Contestants 2016

Contestant #1: Kaylee Begay – Chinle Chapter/Central Agency

My name is Kaylee Walker Begay. I am of the Zuni-Edgewater Clan, born for the Tangle People Clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Red Cheek People Clan and my paternal grandfather is the Red-Streaked People Clan. I am 23 years old originally from Canyon De Chelly, a place called “Cottonwood Canyon.”

Kaylee Begay

Contestant #2: Ronda Joe – Rock Point Chapter/Northern Agency
I am of the Towering House Clan, born for Water Flow Together Clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Within His Cover Clan and my paternal grandfathers are Red Streak Running Into Water Clan. My parents are Matilda Descheny and Ronnie Joe. I am 22 yrs old from Rock Point, AZ.

Ronda Joe

Contestant #3: Deidra Wilson – Wheatfields Chapter/Central Agency
Greetings, my name is Deidra Wilson, my clans are Red Cheek People, born for Big Water. My maternal clan is Near the Water and my paternal clan is Towering House. I am 24 years young and from Wheatfields, AZ.

Deidra Wilson

Contestant #4: Alissa Copi – Breadsprings Chapter/Eastern Agency
I am Dibe’lzhini born for Tachii’nii. My maternal grandparents are Shash dine’e Tsi’naajinii and my paternal grandparents are Kiyaa’aanii. I am 23 years old and I come from Red Rock, New Mexico. My mother and father are Alfreda and Herman Copi.

Alissa Copi

Contestant #5: Shannon Gorman – Chinle Chapter/Central Agency
Shannon Gorman, 24 from Chinle is of the Towering House Clan, born for the Mud Clan. Her maternal grandparents are of the One who Walks Around Clan and her paternal grandparents are of the Zuni-Water’s Edge Clan. Her parents are Sharon and Walter Gorman.

Shannon Gorman

Contestant #6: Mariah Claw – Chinle Chapter/Central Agency
Mariah Nicole Claw, 23, belongs to the Big Water People and is born for the Bitter Water People. Her maternal grandfather belongs to the Black Sheep Clan and her paternal grandfather is of the Coyote Pass Clan. Mariah’s parents are Sharon Thompson Claw who is from Lukachukai, Arizona and Jimmy Claw. Jr. from Chinle, Arizona.

Mariah Claw

Contestant #7: Atheina Claw – Nazlini Chapter
My name is Atheina Danylle Claw. I am the Towering House Clan, born for the Bitter Water Clan. My maternal grandfather is the Mexican People Clan and my paternal grandfather is the Mountain People Clan. I am 24 years old. My parents are Dempsey and Anita Claw.

Atheina Claw

Contestant #8: Rodina Jordan – Oaksprings Chapter
Rodina N. Jordan is of the Salt Water Clan and born for the Salt Clan. Her maternal grandfathers are of the Folded Arms People Clan and her paternal grandfathers are of the Mud Clan. Rodina is the daughter of Marlene Jordan and Robert Nelson. She is 25 years old.

Rodina Jordan

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Contestants 2016

Miss Navajo Pageant Events

70th Annual Navajo Nation Fair

Navajo Nation Fair Events 2016 (Full List)


Navajo Nation Fair Parade

Saturday, September 7, 2019 

Navajo Nation Fair Parade

Parade will begin promptly at 8:00 A.M. (DST) Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Parade line up will commence at 5:00 A.M. near the NM/AZ state line at the Hill Top Christian Academy.


September 12, 2013 5:00 A.M. Line Up Begins
7:30 A.M. Final Line Up
8:00 A.M. Parade Begins
11:00 A.M. Parade Wrap UP
3:00 P.M. Parade Winner Recognition Awards (Food Pavilion Center Stage)

Parade categories:
Marching Band (i.e. Schools, Tribal, etc.)
Traditional (Tribal, Individual or Group Performance)
Royalty (Miss Navajo Nation, Powwow Princess, etc.)
Musical (Country, Western, Church, Dj’s, etc.)
Navajo Nation Tribal Division and Programs
Tribal Enterprises, Entities and Outside Organizations
Schools and Youth Programs
Veterans Organizations, ROTC, etc.
Political Entry (Campaign, Current & Former Politicians, etc.)

Flyers by Scott Tom Courtesy of Navajo Nation Fair Office – Special Events Section.


Navajo Nation Fair Events 2019

Navajo Nation Fair Parade

Past Navajo Nation Fair Events 2015

Open Indian Rodeo Navajo Nation Fair
Championship Bull Riding Navajo Nation Fair
Miss Navajo Nation Pageant 2015
Navajo Nation Fair Baby Contest 2015
Song & Dance Navajo Nation Fair
Pow Wow – Navajo Nation Fair
Wild Horse Race Navajo Nation Fair
Gourd Dance Navajo Nation Fair