Please help us to celebrate Dinée Dorame as she prepares to compete in the 2018 Miss Indian World Pageant, hosted by the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, NM. Miss Indian World is considered a prestigious cultural ambassador for Native people throughout the world. Once crowned, she spends her year traveling (globally) and promoting cultural awareness, diversity, & the Gathering of Nations Powwow. Dinée’s platform throughout the pageant will be focused around higher education and college access for Native youth. Dinée currently works as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions here at Yale and also serves as Native Recruitment Coordinator. Her full bio is included below.
Yá’át’ééh! My name is Dinée Dorame. I am 25 years old and a citizen of the Navajo Nation. Tábąąhá (Edge of Water Clan) nishłį́, Naakai dine’é (Mexican People Clan) bashishchiin, Tótsohníí (Big Water Clan) dashicheii, Naakai dine’é dashinalí. I am originally from the beautiful city of Albuquerque, NM and I'm incredibly excited to represent my family and community in the 2018 Miss Indian World competition. I graduated from Yale University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and I currently work as an Assistant Director at Yale Undergraduate Admissions and Native Recruitment Coordinator. Each year, I read over 1,500 college applications and travel to many Native nations talking to students about the importance of higher education. I am blessed to visit so many different communities, and to meet so many Indigenous educators and youth along the way. These experiences have inspired me to use the Miss Indian World platform to speak on the importance of higher education as a tool for resistance and healing. I’ve also been involved in the powwow community and dancing jingle dress/fancy shawl since I could walk. Growing up, I used to love attending the Miss Indian World pageant and seeing all the amazing, well-spoken, and talented young women competing. I hope to inspire any young kids watching this year to reach for their dreams and keep learning, both in school and about their traditions. Although I received my western education from Yale, it is my traditional teachings that carry me through this world in good health. I am grateful to be a contestant and send good wishes to all the other strong women competing! Ahéhee' (Thank you)!