2016-17 Miss Indian Pageant


Miss Indian UNM Renata Yazzie

Marika Trujillo, 2016-2017 Miss Indian UNM
Laguna Pueblo

2015 Miss Indian UNM Pageant

Every year several UNM Contestants compete for the prestigious Miss Indian University of New Mexico title through a competitive pageant.

2016 MIUNM Pageant JUDGES
Ms. Megan Badonie, Miss Indian New Mexico XLVIII (48)
Mr. Derrick Lente, Esquire 
Ms. Karen McDaniel, Mechanical Engineer, Product Realization Team Lead, Sandia National Laboratories 
Ms. Sonia Gipson Rankin, Associate Dean, Curriculum and Program Development, University of New Mexico
Mr. Brian Vallo, Director, Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe 

2016 MIUNM Mistress of Ceremony
Ms. Renata Yazzie, 2015-16 Miss Indian University of New Mexico

This year we had 3 outstanding contestants who began preparing for the Pageant since the first MIUNM Interest Meeting in February 2016. Once they submitted their applications on March 4, the group met weekly to plan and coordinate for the Pageant.

The 3 Contestants competed in 5 areas:

  • Cumulative GPA
  • Essay Writing
  • Fundraising
  • Traditional Talent
  • Impromptu Questioning

Each Contestant is commended for competing for the honor of serving as an Ambassador of the UNM American Indian community. Thank you to all the Contestants and supporters!