GALLUP, Ariz. — On Aug. 7, the 98th annual Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen luncheon was held honoring the outgoing Ceremonial Queen Ashley Reine Claw of Chinle, Arizona and queen contestants.
The four Ceremonial Queen contestants competing for the title are Tyneesha Lupita Charlie (Navajo), Lani Rae Padilla (Navajo), Autumn Raine Pilcher (Navajo/Mescalero Apache/Oglala Lakota) and Aysha Carton-Tsosie. They will compete in the areas of public speaking, written essay, interview, traditional and contemporary talent and miss photogenic.
“On behalf of the Office of the First and Second Lady, we pray for the best for all the contestants this year and their families. May they carry their tribes and families’ teachings and strengths throughout the pageant,” stated Navajo Nation First Lady Phefelia Nez and Second Lady Dottie Lizer who attended the luncheon. “We also express our appreciation to Navajo Spirit owner Virginia Yazzie-Ballenger for inviting us to be a part of the Ceremonial Queen Fashion Show and gifting us with beautiful traditional dresses.”
Ceremonial Queen competition events were scheduled throughout last week and the coronation was held Aug. 10.
Information provided by the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President