Sarah Ortegon ~ Eastern Shoshone-Northern Arapaho

Published on December 12, 2013 by Amy

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Sarah Ortegon
Sarah Ortegon

Sarah never had a chance to meet both sets of her grandparents so her only connection to her Native American roots were those summer visits to the Wind River Indian Reservations each year. While on the reservation she attended Pow wows with her relatives and sparked an interest in traditional Jingle Dress dancing which she still participates in today at gatherings. She says her dancing brings great healing when she steps out on the dance arena and that special feeling is something to hold on to. “Prayer and my beliefs are a strong influence in my life. I am still learning my traditional ways, they are part of what keeps me going,” Sarah said.

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While attending Metropolitan State University of Denver majoring in Fine Arts, Sarah had the opportunity to study abroad in Florence and Rome, Italy studying her love of arts for a session. Sarah graduated with her Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from MSU Denver the past spring and is now ready to give back to her people through art and the MNAUSA title. In addition to alcohol abuse awareness as her platform during her reign, Sarah would like to promote healthy living in the Native American communities. She plans on finding creative ways to interject her love of art to communicate her messages/platforms to the communities.

Our newly crowned Miss Native American, USA, Sarah Ortegon is from Denver, Colorado and a member of the Northern Arapaho and the Eastern Shoshone Tribes. Sarah accepted the MNAUSA title in Tempe, Arizona on August 3, 2013 where she competed against nine other talented Native American contestants from across the country. Sarah was born in Denver and at the age of three, she starting spending her summers visiting her uncle George and aunt Shirley Enos, on the Wind River Indian Reservation located in the central portion of Wyoming. She enjoyed her summer vacations on the reservation with her cousins and would return to her family home in Colo. to attend school where her parents and siblings live. She lived with her parents Angel and Sharon (Joy) Enos, along with 11 other siblings as Sarah comes from a large family of six brothers and five sisters – brothers Samuel, David, Daniel, Immanuel, Joel, and Nathanael. Sisters Naomi, Rachel, Ruth, Hannah, and Phebe. She said, “I thank my parents for their guidance, influence and love, because of them I set high goals to achieve for myself. Their influence, wise words and prayers are with me and will remain with me throughout life. I thank God everyday.”

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