CHANDLER-Evereta Lee Thinn (Diné) was crowned the 2007/2008 Miss Indian Arizona during the 46th Annual Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program held Oct. 13. The program was presented by the Miss Indian Arizona Association, and the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona. This year's theme was "Celebrating the Spirit of Native Women."
Thinn, originally from Shonto, is the daughter of Amos and Joann Thinn. She is a student at Arizona State University where she is pursuing degrees in American Indian Studies and Political Science. In the future, she plans to obtain a J.D., with an emphasis in International Relations and Indian Law.
Beth Lynn Hinton (San Carlos Apache) was selected as the First Attendant and Jaymee Li Moore (Colorado River Indian Tribes) was selected as Second Attendant.
Participants in this year's program represented eight of Arizona's 22 Native American tribes. In addition to Thinn, this year's participants included:
Diana Nicole Antone, Gila River Indian Community
Tiffany Rae Bahnimptewa, Hopi
Alaina Sloan French, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Beth Lynn Hinton, San Carlos Apache
Jaymee Li Moore, Colorado River Indian Tribes
Samaria Roseo Valenzuela-Andrade, White Mountain Apache
Marissa Ybarra, Kaibab-Paiute
Samaria Valenzuela-Andrade was named Miss Congeniality. The Talent Award was given to Evereta Thinn. The Evening Wear Award was presented to Jaymee Li Moore. Tiffany Rae Bahnimptewa received the Community Service Award. The Essay Award was presented to Alaina Sloan French.
The Miss Indian Arizona Association is a non-profit organization under the sponsorship of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona. Association members work throughout the year to raise funds to produce the scholarship program, which provides scholarships to young American Indian women, allowing them to pursue their educational goals.
For more information about the scholarship program, volunteering with, or donations to the Miss Indian Arizona Association, please visit the organization's website at www.missindianarizona.com.