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FORT HALL-The good news spread like wildfire via social media Saturday night following the announcement that Shoshone-Bannock Queen Taylor Thomas of Fort Hall was crowned Miss Indian World at the "Gathering of Nations" Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Thomas, 21, who is currently studying political science at Idaho State University, was chosen from 23 young Native American woman. She will serve as a cultural "goodwill ambassador" for the "Gathering of Nations" to educate and demonstrate Native American Culture around the world. She plans to eventually specialize in Indian law.
Thomas performed a traditional Native American dance and read an original essay for her talent. She also won first place in the "interview category" of the competition. Thomas has traveled internationally since she was 11 years old and said she is looking forward to representing Native people around the world in her new role as Miss Indian World.Â
"I'm ecstatic to say the least, and humbled," Thomas posted on her Facebook page following her crowning. "I came to represent my family and our Sho-Ban people to the best of my abilities."
"I am deeply honored to be awarded 'best interview' and congratulations to all my beautiful new sisters," she added.
Thomas is the daughter of Wendy Farmer of Fort Hall and Jason Thomas Kickapoo and Potawatori of Kansas.
For more information find Miss Indian World on Facebook and watch the crowning online at www.powwows.com.