Miss Teen Navajo stresses Diné culture

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, April 24, 2014

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(Times photos - Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Violet Dempsey, 14, from Lukachukai, Ariz., smiles and looks out to the crowd as she is crowned at the 2014-2015 Miss Teen Navajo on Saturday at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock.

BOTTOM: 2014-2015 Miss Teen Navajo contestants patiently wait for the winner to be announced on Saturday at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock.




M iss Navajo Nation is the biggest royalty title a Navajo woman could hold on the Navajo Nation, but for Navajo teen girls it's Miss Teen Navajo.

Miss Teen Navajo CEO/Co-Founder Mel Hoskie said that Miss Teen's responsibilities are to promote Navajo language and culture within the youth.

"It's giving the chance for a teen to be something," Hoskie said.

Violetta Dempsey, 14, from Lukachukai, Ariz., was crowned the 2014-15 Miss Teen Navajo on April 19 at the Navajo Nation Museum. She was one of three contestants that ran for the title.

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