Six to vie for Miss Indian Arizona title

Earleen Patricio, Miss Indian Arizona 2008-2009. Six outstanding Native American women will vie for the title of Miss Indian Arizona 2009-2010 on Oct. 10.

Earleen Patricio, Miss Indian Arizona 2008-2009. Six outstanding Native American women will vie for the title of Miss Indian Arizona 2009-2010 on Oct. 10.

MESA, Ariz. - Six outstanding Native American women will vie for the title of Miss Indian Arizona during the 48th Annual Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program on Oct. 10.

The Program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. The Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program is presented by the Miss Indian Arizona Association, and the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona. This year's theme is "Native Women - Keepers of our Culture."

Participants in this year's Program represent six of Arizona's 22 Indian Tribes. This year's participants are:

• Larea Rose Burdette - San Carlos Apache Tribe

• Daryl Lynn Jay - Gila River Indian Community

• Robyn Masten - Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community

• Mykhal Mendoza - White Mountain Apache Tribe

• Anseenia Shirley - Navajo Nation

• Stephanie Velasco - Tohono O'odham Nation

The Master of Ceremonies will be Paul Russell from Fort McDowell.

Tickets can be purchased from members of the Miss Indian Arizona Association, or the box office at the Mesa Arts Center on the night of the event. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For additional ticket information, call the Mesa Arts Center at (480) 644-6500, or visit www.mesartscenter.com.

The Miss Indian Arizona Association is a non-profit organization under the sponsorship of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona. Members work throughout the year to raise funds to produce the Program, which provides scholarships to young American Indian women.

For more information about the Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program, volunteer opportunities or donations to the Miss Indian Arizona Association, visit www.missindianarizona.com.

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