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NMDA staffer named Miss Indian World

Will serve as cultural ambassador


Proud moment: Kansas Begaye (second from left) poses with her colleagues at the NMDA headquarters. From left are Mr. Moores; Nancy Arenas, assistant director; and Michael Moxey, director of communications and advocacy.

Albuquerque, N.M.—A staff member at the New Mexico Dental Association received a high cultural honor as a member of the Navajo Nation April 27.

Kansas Begaye was named Miss Indian World during the Annual Gathering of Nations, one of the largest powwows in the U.S.

"Miss Indian World is one of the most prestigious honors in the Native American and indigenous world, and the winner will serve as a role model for all Native Americans," said Melonie Mathews, coordinator of Miss Indian World.

As Miss Indian World, Ms. Begaye will represent all Native and indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador who educates people about tribal and cultural traditions for the next year.

"We know that the same hard work and dedication she gives to her job daily at the NMDA will serve her well as she champions Native causes around the world, including those of Native oral health," NMDA Executive Director Mark Moores said of Ms. Begaye, NMDA's associate director of membership. "We could not be more proud of her achievement."