Titleholders

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

Ashley Nilianh Susan

Reigning Titleholder

Miss Native American USA 2016-17 Ashley Nailihn Susan, a member of the White Mountain Apache and Walker River Paiute Tribes from White River, Arizona.
PHOTO/Photography by Roshan

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.
PHOTO/Photography by Roshan

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
Navajo/Diné

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.
PHOTO/Photography by Roshan

Shaylin Shabi