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New Miss Indian Nations being crowned in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A new Miss Indian Nations is being crowned at the United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck.

The scholarship pageant is open to all Native American women who are at least one-fourth Indian and are between the ages of 18 and 26. The winner serves as an ambassador for all Indian nations, and also as an official representative of United Tribes Technical College.

Last year's winner was Shannon Hooper of Fallon, Nev., a member of the Shoshone-Paiute (shuh-SHOH'-nee PY'-yoot) tribe. This year's winner is being crowned Saturday night.

The annual powwow is held at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. It draws thousands of people from around the country.