Published on December 13, 2013 by Amy
Miss Indian Nations 21, Alexandria Alvarez, is 25 years old. Her Indian name is baby porcupine. She is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho.
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Miss Alvarez holds degrees in Liberal Arts and American Indian Studies, and has in the past held the titles of Fort Hall Rodeo Queen and Miss Shoshone-Bannock, as well as previously having been 1st Runner Up in the Miss Indian Nations competition.
Tsaan Daibaai! Nea nah-nee-hah Alexandria Alvarez, nea newe nah-nee-hah unii-sett!
My name is Alexandria Alvarez, and my Indian Name is baby porcupine! I am a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho. I’m 25 years-old, and I hold two degrees from Haskell Indian Nations University; my first degree is an Associates in Liberal Arts, and a Bachelors Degree in American Indian Studies. After graduating from Haskell, I completed two internships from the Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) Program; my first internship was at the headquarters of the Social Security Department, and I worked in the Office of Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity. My second internship with the WINS Program was at the Environmental Protection Agency in the American Indian Environmental Department.
I have held two royalty titles before the title of Miss Indian Nations, my first was as the Fort Hall Rodeo Queen in 1998, and then as Miss Shoshone-Bannock 2011-2012. I also competed for two other titles; the first was in the Miss Indian World competition, and in the Miss Indian Nations Competition where I was 1st Runner Up, and I am excited to be returning this year for another chance. While Miss Shoshone-Bannock, I was incredibly involved in my community and was given the opportunity to travel to national conferences; holding the title also gave me an opportunity to speak at schools and local conferences, and most importantly I was able to be a positive role model to the youth.
Currently, I work as a tribal journalist and photographer for the Sho-Ban News, and I am attending Idaho State University part-time taking courses in Leadership and to improve my public speaking. My long-term goal is to attend American Indian Law School at either Arizona University or Montana University.
I am also part of the Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy board, and have served for almost two years as a board member and currently serving as Vice President and Secretary; Chief Tahgee Academy will be opening this year in September, and will be the first language immersion school in the state of Idaho. The school will be teaching the Shoshoni language to children kindergarten through 6th grade; and later we will incorporate the Bannock language.
I love traveling the world, and meeting people from all walks of life; I have traveled to 9 countries, mostly from Europe, and I have discovered that many people around the world still have tremendous misperceptions about American Indians; but with knowledge and leadership, I have been able to teach people a few things about my culture, and that the Indigenous people of North America are still here.
I come from a traditional family that is known for our white brain-tanned deer hides, and practicing our traditional spirituality is very important to me. I am an active participant of sweat lodge, and Native American Church. I enjoy attending local ceremonies, and powwow.