Current Miss Indian UNM
Hózhóogo naasháa doo (In beauty I walk)
Yá’át’èèh shik’èí dóó shidine’è, Caitlynn Mayhew yinishyé. Kinłichíi’nii nishłį́, dóó Táchii’nii dashíchei. Ákót’éego diné asdzáán nishłį́. Hello! My name is Caitlynn Mayhew and I am honored to serve as the 2017-2018 Miss Indian University of New Mexico. I am of the Red House clan and the Red-Running-Into-Water is my maternal grandfather’s clan. My parents are Rose John and Timothy Mayhew. Currently, I am a senior at The University of New Mexico with a major in Biology and minors in Native American Studies and Chemistry. The path I choose in life is to use my background in science and my passion for protecting and advocating our Indigenous Identity to pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Ph.D. in Native American Studies or Environmental Health – Epidemiology Specialization. This is all done with my People in mind and I intend on returning to my community to conserve our connection with Mother Earth.
As an ambassador and voice of Indigenous Peoples and the University of New Mexico, I intend to promote the power that is held in Indigenous Research as a vital means of revitalizing and reclaiming our Indigenous identity. Indigenous Research is a holistic and culturally conscious epistemology that decolonizes the Western hegemony in regards to our identity and sovereignty. Our identity, as Indigenous Peoples, is valid and the knowledge we have gained from our elders and ancestors should be honored. It is my belief that through the efforts of scholarship and research, from an Indigenous paradigm, we can raise awareness of current issues and promote community healing in a matter that is respectful and inclusive of our traditions and identity as Indigenous. Ahéhee’ (Thank you).
Hózhǫ́ Nahásdłį́į́ (It is fulfilled in beauty)