FORT HALL, Idaho - The Miss Shoshone-Bannock Queen is also the new Miss Indian Nations.
The Shoshone-Bannock tribes announced Alexandria Alvarez, the daughter of Vernon Alvarez and Shirley Houtz-Alvarez of Fort Hall, became the 21st Miss Indian Nations on Saturday.
The Miss Indian Nations is a national pageant hosted by the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, N.D., and is an ambassador for a leadership program created to promote goodwill and representation of all native tribes and nations throughout the Unites States and Canada.
"I am humbled and I hope to represent Miss Indian Nations with honor, prayer, and purpose. Thank you to all my family, friends, and supporters!" Alvarez said in a news release.
Alvarez, an Idaho State University student, is a journalist with the Sho-Ban News. She holds bachelor's degrees in liberal arts and American Indian studies from Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas and hopes to eventually attend law school.
For more on the pageant, see http://min.unitedtribespowwow.com.