WINDOW ROCK -- On Aug. 31, Rachelle Marie James, 20, joined the elite group of young women to win the title of Miss Navajo Nation.
Originally from Chinle, she resided in Rough Rock prior to beginning her 2005-06 reign. Miss Navajo Nation's clans consist of Water That Flows Together born for Within His Cover Clan. Her maternal grandfather's clan is Towering House and her paternal grandfather's clan is Near the Water Clan.
James is a 2003 High School graduate of Monument Valley High School in Kayenta and holds an associate of arts degree in Dine' studies and social science from Dine College.
Employed at the Rough Rock Community School as a middle school librarian assistant, James said she enjoyed working with the students and staff aiding students with their educational needs, which is very important to her.
She said she wants them to achieve their goals and continue to strive for success throughout their journey in life.
As leisure time activities she enjoys, James listed reading, playing the guitar, horseback riding, training horses, barrel racing, weaving, singing, taking photos, and spending time with her family and camping.
Her parents are Larry and Irene James. The oldest of six children, Miss Navajo Nation has two sisters and three brothers. Her maternal grandparents are Henry and Zonnie Jones of Chinle. Her paternal grandparents are the late Alice B. James and Jessie James of Rough Rock.