Gathering of Nations wraps up with crowning of Miss Indian World

Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn reacts after winning the Miss Indian World pageant at the 33rd annual Gathering of Nations on April 30, 2016. Photo from Gathering of Nations Ltd / Facebook

The 33rd annual Gathering of Nations concluded on Saturday with the crowning of Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn as the new Miss Indian World.

Finn, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, was one of 24 young contestants. She was selected for the title after showcasing her cultural knowledge and talents at the pageant last week.

"The girls there were so smart and so great, I didn't think I'd win. It's exciting," Finn told The Bismark Tribune.

The powwow itself lasted three days and drew more than 100,000 people to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city estimates the economic impact from the event to be $20 million, KOAT-TV reported.

"Good vibes all around,” Jayda Gadwa, a fancy shawl dancer who came all the way from the Kehewin Cree Nation in Alberta, Canada, told the Associated Press.

About 3,000 dancers took part in the powwow, the AP said.

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Standing Rock woman crowned Miss Indian World (The Bismarck Tribune 5/1)
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