We'd like to highlight each of the wonderful women who have held the title of Miss Native American USA.

Lexie Michael James


Miss Native American USA 2019-20 Lexie James, a member of the Tewa and Hopi Tribes of Polacca, Arizona.
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Karyl Frankiewicz

2018-19 Miss Native American USA
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Miss Native American USA 2018-19, Karyl Frankiewicz, is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from Cherokee, North Carolina. She is 26 years old and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC. MNAUSA Frankiewicz works as a Youth Development Professional at the Cherokee Youth Center Boys & Girls Club of America. When she was eight years old she was tested and diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and was told she would have a hard time speaking and communicating with people. This led her to start breaking the mold on someone with disabilities and with her platform on Autism Awareness, bring a better perspective on the Spectrum.
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Karyl Frankiewicz

Autumn Rose Miskweminanocsqua Williams

2017-18 Miss Native American USA
Shinnecock Nation

Miss Native American USA 2017-18, Autumn Rose Miskweminanocsqua Williams, a member of the Shinnecock Nation from Long Island, New York. The 24-year-old holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication, concentration Public Relations and minor in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University. Williams is a Marketing and Communications Assistant at Peconic Land Trust, a company which conserves Long Island's working farm, natural lands and heritage. She's the daughter of Lauryn Randall and Donald Williams Jr., Stepmother Elena Rivera, siblings Nitauke Williams, Donald Williams III, Antonio Rivera, Kyle Laboy, sister-in-law Amanda Laboy and nephew Kyree Laboy. Her favorite cuisine is seafood and enjoys relaxing on the beach. William's platform is to spread the message of empowering indigenous women throughout Indian Country by focusing on identity, connection to your culture, balancing tribal and American societal values and encouraging one another.
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Autumn Rose Miskweminanocsqua Williams

Ashley Nilianh Susan

2016-17 Miss Native American USA
White Mountain Apache and Walker River Paiute

Miss Native American USA 2016-17, Ashley Nailihn Susan, a 27-year-old who is member of the White Mountain Apache and Walker River Paiute Tribes is from White River, Arizona. Susan speaks English, Apache, and Spanish, and is a student at Glendale Community College planning on graduating in 2017 with an AS degree to obtain a certificate in linguistic for Spanish. She then plans on transferring to Arizona State University to study Psychology and Bioengineering. She is the daughter of Lloyd and Anne Susan, and a sister to Taylor and Justin Susan. Her message is to spread the importance of physical health among the Native American communities.
PHOTO/Photography by Roshan

Ashley N. Susan

Kristina Hyatt

2015-16 Miss Native American USA
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Our 2015-16 Miss Native American USA is Kristina Hyatt, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from Cherokee, North Carolina. Hyatt is a Dental Hygienist at the EBCI's Indian Health Services (IHS) in North Carolina, where she works with the Pediatric Dental Department. She took her message across the country visiting reservations and speaking about the importance of oral health care during her reign. One of the highlights was visiting the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to share her message about dental health with the Lakota children. Hyatt has also visited New Mexico, Mississippi, Washington DC and North Carolina where she spoke on oral health and distributed thousands of oral health products to the students.
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Kristina Hyatt

April Brannon Yazza

2014-15 Miss Native American USA
Zuni Pueblo & Navajo/Diné

Our 2014-15 Miss Native American USA is April Brannon Yazza, a member of the Zuni Pueblo and Navajo/Diné Tribes. Yazza calls Mentmore, New Mexico home where she graduated from West Mesa High School in 2013, attended Fort Lewis College before transferring to the University of New Mexico. As Yazza started college in late 2013, she was diagnosed with the chronic illness of Rheumatoid Arthritis, which lead her to educate the public regarding the disease during her reign. Working with the national Arthritis Foundation, April helped raised funds in support of AF patients through her Jungle Bell Walk and numerous appearances addressing the importances of this chronic illness. Yazza was also featured in the international AF Magazine stressing the importances of RA. Yazza's other platform was to address the issues of homelessness, working with several Albuquerque based non-profit organizations, she was able to get her message out through television appearances, fashion shows, and other outlets, including visiting homeless shelters all to raise funds to help people in need.
PHOTO/Photography by Roshan

April Yazza

Sarah Ortegon

2013-14 Miss Native American USA
Eastern Shoshone & Northern Arapaho

Our 2013-14 Miss Native American USA is Sarah Ortegon who is a member of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes from Denver, Colorado. Ortegon obtained a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Metropolitan State University of Denver had the opportunity to study Art abroad in Florence and Rome, Italy. In addition to alcohol abuse awareness as her platform during her reign, she promoted healthy living on Native American reservations across the country. Ortegon traveled to Eastern Europe to showcase her Jingle Dress dance for the Republic of Moldava communities with the internationally renown traveling dance group, The Native Pride Dancers - done a domestic violence walk with PBS famed Robin Poor Bear, opened an art exhibit in Denver, CO on the Metropolitan State University campus and also on her reservation, the Wind River Indian Reservation. Sarah has also traveled with the Native Pride Dancers promoting healthy living across the country to Native American reservation schools during her reign.
PHOTO/Tashina Atine

Sarah Ortegon

Shaylin Shábi

2012-13 Miss Native American USA

Our 2012-13 Miss Native American USA is Shaylin Shábi, a member of the Navajo/Diné Nation from Kayenta, Arizona. Shábi accepted her title in Tempe, Arizona on August 25, 2012 as our first MNAUSA. Shábi was employed by the Arizona Department of Education’s School Nutrition Program which helped her promote higher education and healthy living among the Native American communities. During her reign, she traveled to events in the South Western regions of the US promoting healthy living among the Native American communities and sharing her beautiful voice by singing at events such as the Arizona Diamondback's Native American Recognition Day.
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Shaylin Shabi