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:

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Miss Northern Navajo Pageant 2013

Miss Northern Navajo 2013 Contestants

1-Miss Northern Navajo 2013 Contestants

Contestant #1 – Deyonna Gruber
Contestant #2 – Megan Badonie
Contestant #3 – Robyn Barber
Contestant #4 – Lindsay Benally

More Photos from the Pageant

Pageant Orientation
Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center
October 01, 2013
5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Traditional Frybread/Mutton/Teen Skill/Talent Competition
Shiprock Fair Office/Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center
October 02, 2013
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Royalty Day
October 02, 2013
5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Modern Skill/Talent Competition
Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center

Thursday October 03, 2013
Modern Competition
1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center

Friday October 04, 201
Traditional Competition
1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Miss Northern Navajo Coronation
5:30 PM
Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center

Contact Information
Victoria Yazzie
Pageant Coordinator
(928) 446-2530
Source: Victoria Yazzie Pageant Coordinator

Miss Northern Navajo Teen Pageant 2013

Miss Northern Navajo Teen 2013 Contestants

1-Kahlaya McKinney, Vanessa Lister and Noellani Buck

Left to right – Kahlaya McKinney, Vanessa Lister and Noellani Buck,

Wednesday October 01, 2013
5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Traditional Frybread/Teen Skill/Talent Competition
Wednesday October 02, 2013
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Shiprock Fair Office/Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center

Thursday October 03, 2013
Modern Competition
8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant 2013

Miss Navajo Nation 2013-2014 Natasha Hardy

Miss Navajo Nation 2013-2014 Natasha Hardy-01

More Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Photos Here

The 2013 Miss Navajo Nation contestants:


Miss Navajo 2013 Contestant Video 1 1/2 min

Contestant 1 Cherish Tso

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Fry Bread Competition 2012

Miss Navajo Nation Fry Bread Competition 2012

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

Frybread Contest 2012 Photos
Navajo National Fair 
Navajo baby


Eligibility Requirements

• 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
e-mail: lat69@nau.edu


Miss Navajo Nation Pageant 2012

September 5th  – September 8th,   2012

Miss Navajo Nation Pageant 2012
2012 Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Schedule

Wednesday – September 5th @ 9 am. Hazel Yazza Frybread Pavilion (Navajo Nation Fairgrounds) — Sheep butchering & Traditional Breadmaking

Thursday – September 6th @ 2 pm. Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise event tent (Window Rock) — Contemporary Competition (Skills, Talent, Evening Gown, Public Speaking & Entertainment, Impromptu Questions)

Friday – September 7th @ 2 pm. Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise event tent (Window Rock) — Traditional Competiton (Skills, Talent, Evening Gown, Public Speaking & Entertainment, Impromptu Questions)

Saturday – September 8th @ 6 pm. Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise event tent (Window Rock) — Coronation of Miss Navajo Nation 2012 – 2013



Contestant #1

Charlene Goodluck

Shiprock Chapter

Seri Maryboy

Contestant #2

Seri Maryboy

Red Mesa Chapter

Krystal Parkhurst

Contestant #3

Krystal Parkhurst

St. Michaels Chapter

Leandra Thomas

Contestant #4

Leandra Thomas

Steamboat Chapter

Verrica Livingston

Contestant #5

Verrica Livingston

Twin Lakes Chapter

Brittany Hunt

Contestant #6

Brittany Hunt

Shonto Chapter

Wallitta Begay

Contestant #7

Wallitta Begay

Oljato Chapter

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Beulah Melvin Allen, M.D. was the first Miss Navajo crowned during the Navajo Nation Fair in 1952. The selection process was simple. Contestants vying for the title would stand in front of the audience of approximately 10,000 people. The one who received the loudest applause would be crowned Miss Navajo.

For about five years, there were two contests: one for Miss Navajo and one for Miss Modern Navajo. Miss Navajo would represent the traditional Navajo ways of life, and Miss Modern Navajo would represent the modern ways of life.

Eventually the Miss Navajo Nation Pageant replaced the applause competition. This current competition encompasses both the Navajo and Modern way of life in traditional and contemporary skills, with talent competitions lasting several days. During the pageant competition, contestants demonstrate many beautiful traditional skills and talents. The most important qualification for the Miss Navajo Nation pageant contestants is to be fluent in Navajo and English languages. The contestants must also possess knowledge of the Navajo culture and tradition. Unlike most beauty pageants throughout the world, the Miss Navajo Nation pageant is of beauty found within oneself, instead of judging outward appearance only.

Mission Statement
In keeping with Navajo culture and tradition, the role of Miss Navajo Nation is to exemplify the essence and characters of First Woman, White Shell Woman and Changing Woman and to display leadership as the Goodwill Ambassador.

Miss Navajo Nation represents womanhood and fulfills the role of “grandmother, mother, aunt, and sister” to the Navajo people; therefore she can speak as a leader, teacher, counselor, advisor and friend. In March 1999, the Branch Chiefs of the Navajo government agreed that tone of the fundamental principals of the Navajo government should be the preservation of the Navajo culture. It shall be the mission of the Office of Miss Navajo Nation to encourage every Navajo to assist in the preservation of Navajo culture and Miss Navajo Nation will represent the importance of Navajo women with respect and honor.


Source: Miss Navajo Nation