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Fort Hall Woman Wins Miss Indian World Title
by Idaho State Journal Staff
Taylor Thomas, 21, from Fort Hall, was crowned 2014 Miss Indian World at the 31st Annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, N.M., this weekend.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Fort Hall resident Taylor Thomas, who is a member of the Shoshone Bannock tribe, was crowned Miss Indian World at the 31st Annual Gathering of Nations, one of the most prominent Native American powwows in the world.

Thomas received the honor out of 23 Native American women representing each of their different tribes and traditions. They competed in the areas of tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking and personality assessment. She is currently attending Idaho State University.

“Miss Indian World is one of the most prestigious honors in the Native American and indigenous world and the winner will serve as a role model for all Native Americans," said Melonie Mathews, coordinator of the Miss Indian World Pageant. "Thomas will travel the world educating others about tribal and cultural traditions, and bring together native and indigenous people."

Thomas is the daughter of Wendy Farmer and Jason Thomas. As Miss Indian World, she will represent all native and indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador for one year.

The 31st Annual Gathering of Nations was held from April 24 to 26.

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