Shelby Elizabeth Mata

Miss Native American USA 2021-22
Comanche Nation

PHOTO/Tiffani Potter

Shelby Elizabeth Mata

Meet your Miss Native American USA 2021-22 from Comanche Nation:

Shelby Elizabeth Mata is 24 years old from Walters, Oklahoma and a member of the Comanche Nation. Her parents are Antonio and Phillis Mata, grandparents Mitchell Gwoompi and Lou Bell Ototivo, great-grandparents Vilas Ototivo and Angeline "Gommock" Peahcoose Ototivo. Since childhood she has held eight tribal and powwow royalty titles within her Comanche Tribe and community. She is a proud southern cloth and buckskin powwow dancer and has traveled extensively across the U.S. and abroad to represent her tradition and culture. Shelby is honored to represent her Comanche tribe, family, and other tribal nations across the country where she will carry the platform, Cultural Knowledge and Awareness during her reign as the 10th Miss Native American USA.
"I am honored and very excited for this upcoming year to represent the Miss Native American USA 2021-22. I look forward to the new friendships, experiences, and the opportunity to share my platform. I want to thank my parents for always being so supportive of me, my friends who traveled to powwows with me, and to all my supporters who have encouraged me and given me kind words along the way. Thank you to the Miss Native American USA Pageant Board for encouraging young women across our great Nation to be the best they can be and for being the role models we all look up to. Most importantly, I am thankful the Creator has blessed me with this opportunity and everything he has done for me. Without Him, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Ura! (Thank you!)"
Shelby Elizabeth Mata