Miss Indian UNM has served as an ambassador and represented not only the Native American community, but the University of New Mexico at various functions and gatherings throughout years. These functions and gatherings have included conferences, workshops, powwows, tribal ceremonies and celebrations, parades, school visitations, special appearances, various socials, and a variety of UNM-affiliated events.
The title of Miss Indian UNM was initiated by Kiva Club, a UNM Student Organization founded in 1952, in response to the inception of Miss Indian World. Currently, American Indian Student Services supports the current Miss Indian UNM in pageant preparation and advisement.
The following are past Miss Indian UNM title holders:
2016-17 Marika Trujillo, Laguna Pueblo
2015-16 Reneta Yazzie, Navajo
2014-15 Melodie Cruz, Ohkay Owingeh
2013-14 Deliah Kinsel, Navajo
2012-13 Wahleah R. Watson, Navajo
2011-12 Monika Honeyestewa, Laguna Pueblo
2010-11 Se'mana Seukteoma, Laguna Pueblo
2009-2010 Rachel Brown, Navajo
2008-09 Natalie Becenti, Acoma Pueblo
2007-08 Juanita Toledo, Jemez Pueblo
2006-07 Elesha Jim, Navajo
2005-06 Jacquelyn Walker, Cochiti Pueblo
2004-05 Jessica Valdez, Tesuque Pueblo
2003-04 Gerrilyn Tsosie, Navajo
2002-03 Santee Lewis, Navajo
All of the past Miss Indian UNM title holders have not all been identified or recognized. If you know a previous Miss Indian UNM or were a title holder, please contact the reigning Miss Indian UNM.