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Quebec Woman Crowned Miss Indian World
New Miss Indian World Raven Swamp, a member of the Mohawk tribe with attendants.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Raven Swamp, 23, a member of the Mohawk tribe has been crowned 2017 Miss Indian World at the Gathering of Nations.

Swamp from Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada, received the honor April 26 out of 23 Native American women representing their different tribes. Contestants were judged on areas of tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking, and personality assessment.

Mykhal Mendoza, 25-years old from Whiteriver, Ariz. and member of the White Mountain Apache and Navajo tribes was named first runner-up at the pageant. Shanley Spence, 24-years old from Winnipeg, Manitoba and member of the Swampy Cree and Anishinaabe tribes was named second runner-up at the pageant. In the case that Miss Indian World cannot fulfill her responsibilities, the first runner-up will take her place. If the first runner-up is unable to fulfill her duties after having taken over for Miss Indian World, the second runner-up will take her place.

Dancers from across the United States, Canada and Mexico came to Albuquerque this weekend for the Gathering of Nations — one of North America's most prominent American Indian powwows.

The powwow featured a number of competitions for dancers, drummers and performers.

Miss Indian World will represent native and indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador for one year.

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