No Swimsuit Competition For Miss Indian World

Back in the Native village of Napaimute in southwest Alaska, Megan Leary drives a snowmobile, can fix the engine on a boat, and carries a bolt-action .243 Winchester rifle when moose hunting.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, she’s a potential pageant queen.

The 23-year-old Leary had arrived in New Mexico last week for the 30th annual Miss Indian World pageant, along with 23 other contestants representing tribes in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Read more here at Al Jazeera America.

Tristan Ahtone

Tristan Ahtone is a member of the Kiowa Tribe and serves as associate editor for tribal affairs at High Country News. He has reported for PBS NewsHour, National Native News, Wyoming Public Radio, NPR, Al Jazeera America, Indian Country Today, and National Geographic, and more. Tristan’s stories have won multiple honors, including investigative awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Gannett Foundation. He additionally was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to study at Harvard University in 2017. He is president of the Native American Journalists Association.

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