May 13th, 2017 - Gathering of Nations Newsletter

North America's BIGGEST PowWow!

The move to the new venue on the Powwow Grounds at Tingley Coliseum  was great! Everyone had a great time. The dancing and singing was at championship levels. The sound and lights inside Tingley Coliseum were spectacular!  And the Tee Pee Village was a great new addition to North America's Biggest Powwow. Below are some highlights from the event, visit our website  for more event photos!


Presenting your 2017-2018 Miss Indian World

She:kon my name is Raven Iakonie:ien Swamp and I am proud to be your 2017-2018 Miss Indian World! I  am a 23 years old, I am a Mohawk of the turtle clan and I live in Kahnawa:ke, Q.C. 
With four years experience, I currently teach my language at Karihwano:ron, my local Mohawk Immersion School. Aside from the language I am also passionate about gardening.  Together a group of friends and I have begun a grassroots community garden initiative where we are promoting traditional whole foods, self -sufficiency and collective planting practices.  Language revitalization and Indigenous Food Sovereignty are important issues to me. 
During my time as Miss Indian World I would like to focus on the importance of these issues. 
Tho niiowen:nake, Niawenhko:wa Raven Swamp

2018 Official Miss Indian World Applications will be available Summer 2017. 

The 2018 Miss Indian World Competition will be held during the week of April 24-28, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Much more than a competition, this 5-day experience for participating MIW contestants share an exciting journey of "sisterhood" as they represent their tribes & communities, form lifelong friendships & memories, participate in a full stage production of the Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentations which culminating in the crowning of the new Miss Indian World in front of sold out audience on Saturday night, April 28th, 2018. 
As a prestigious cultural ambassador for Native people throughout the World, the new Miss Indian World will then spend her year traveling*, when opportunities arise, and promoting cultural awareness, diversity & the Gathering of Nations PowWow globally.

Please check the Miss Indian World page for  updates.
* Travel may be more or less than previous years depending on appearance requests. Miss Indian World is a role model to young and old and help to educate and demonstrate the beauty and diversity of Native American culture as well as represent the Gathering of Nations throughout her travels.

Thank you to  KEELEY GOULD  for the video graphics.  See more of Keeley's work at