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.

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tristan ahtone

Tristan Ahtone is an award winning journalist and member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Born in Arizona and raised across the United States, he was educated at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Columbia School of Journalism. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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