The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and residents across Idaho have reason to be proud of Fort Hall native Alexandria Alvarez, 25, who was crowned Miss Indian Nations XXI in Bismarck, North Dakota on Saturday.
The "Miss Indian Nations" is a nationwide pageant hosted by the the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck and is an ambassador leadership program created to promote goodwill and representation of all Native tribes and nations throughout the United States and Canada.
This is Alvarez's second attempt at winning the title.
"Last year I didn't win it, but it became a burning desire to try again. With all the love and prayers, this was accomplished," she said.
Alvarez who was 2011-12 Miss Shoshone-Bannock Queen, also vied for Miss Indian World in Albuquergue, New Mexico at the "Gathering of Nations Powwow" last year.
Alvarez will serve as an ambassador for all Indian Nations as well an official representative of United Tribes Technical College where she will receive an educational scholarship.
Upon receiving her latest honor, Alvarez said, "I am humbled and I hope to represent Miss Indian Nations with honor, prayer and purpose."
The daughter of Vernon Alvarez and Shirley Houtz Alvarez of Fort Hall, Alexandira thanked all of her family and friend supporters, particularly her mother, saying, "I want to thank my mother who has pushed me so hard. Without her I wouldn't be where I am today."