Former Miss and Jr. Miss Salt River title holder Devanie Selma Duwyenie was crowned the 51st Annual Miss Indian Arizona on October 13. Eighteen-year-old Duwyenie is the daughter of Stephanie Manning and Donovan Duwyenie.
Duwyenie competed against four other young women: Raeging Storm Miles, representing the Gila River Indian Community; Angelica Lopez, representing the Tohono O’odham Nation; Desirae Bernice Rambler, representing the San Carlos Apache Tribe; and Lillian Hunter, representing the Colorado River Indian Tribes.
The young women shared their talents and beauty through an opening dance number, oral presentation, talent performance, traditional dress, evening wear and an essay on this year’s theme, “Celebrating the Strength of Native Women.”
Duwyenie was crowned along with her court, First Attendant Angelica Lopez and Second Attendant Desirae Bernice Rambler.
“I can’t believe I have been given this chance and honor to represent not only my Community, but every tribe in the beautiful state of Arizona. Everything I shared during the pageant was for my Community, the roots to where this whole journey began, and I will do my absolute best in serving all my indigenous people,” said Duwyenie after winning the title of Miss Indian Arizona. “It means so much to me to have support and love coming from everyone; thank you for that love.”
Duwyenie plans to focus her platform on promoting youth leadership.