Ho-Chunk running for Miss Indian World

By Miss Indian World Committee

The 2018 Miss Indian World competition will be held in conjunction with the thirty-fifth annual Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque, NM on April 26 to 28 at the Tingley Coliseum and Expo Center powwow grounds.
The five-day experience, April 24 through April 28, is held annually to crown the new Miss Indian World.
This year’s competition features 31 contestants from all across the United States and Canada, representing over 20 different native nations.
Contestants will be showcased during the Traditional Talent Presentation in the Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Thursday, April 26.
Contestants will also be on display during a public speaking event at the powwow’s entertainment stage, Stage 49, and dance in a competition after Friday night’s grand entry.
The 20018 Miss Indian World will be crowned Saturday, April 28, also after the evening grand entry.
A Ho-Chunk tribal member from Los Angeles, CA is one of the contestants, Cora Tanae WhiteCloud.
“Hizakisana hinikaragiwina. Hocak rasra Da go hinga hingira. My relatives I greet you. I’d like to introduce myself my name is Cora Tanae WhiteCloud, my native name is Dah-go-hing-ga, which means “Eagle soars low,” WhiteCloud said. “I am a member of the Eagle clan.”
WhiteCloud is 24 years old and pursuing a career in fashion merchandise and marketing. She loves to travel and learn about other cultures.
“I had the privilege to study abroad in South Africa and had the opportunity to educate children in orphanages on English grammar and provided them with school supplies. It was an experience I’ll cherish forever and want to share with my own native youth,” WhiteCloud said.
WhiteCloud is a strong believer in furthering education and wants to encourage youth to reach for their dreams and never give up on them.
It’s a great pleasure and makes me very proud for the opportunity to represent my Ho-Chunk people, she said.
“I take tremendous pride in being a strong Indigenous young woman, trying to help those by being a positive influence and role model. I’d like to help out the elders, children and our water resources,” WhiteCloud said.
“I also want to address the reality of bullying, addiction, homelessness, and suicide that is plaguing our society.  I can relate because I have seen these issues first hand. I’d like to teach self- esteem and help our people find other options.”
In support of her endeavor WhiteCloud is selling raffle tickets for $2.50 each.
“I would love your support.  You can buy raffle tickets at paypal.me/WCora.  Please leave your contact information and address when submitting your payment,” WhiteCloud said.
“Pinagigi. You can contact me at (866) 800-7745 if you have any questions.”