May 23rd, 2017 - GON Newsletter Special Edition

Gathering of Nations Scholarship Recipients

The Gathering of Nations Limited closed out the GON Scholarship fund, better know as the Gathering of Nations Scholarship Foundation at University of New Mexico. 
The Final awards were presented to the graduating students from The Native American Community Academy (NACA) in Albuquerque New Mexico.
The Foundation was established and held at the UNM Foundations office since 1991. A portion of the proceeds from the annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow were set aside for the foundation and awarding financial support to students attending the University of New Mexico. Over the past 27 years the GON Foundation has awarded nearly 250 scholarship awards, to over 100+ students. 
In May 2017, the relationship between the University of New Mexico and the Gathering of Nations came to an abrupt end. However the Scholarship fund remained. It was a unanimous decision by the Gathering of Nations (Derek, Dr. Lita & Melonie Mathews) to close the foundation and in doing so to make one more round of scholarship awards. 
The choice was the 2017 graduating High School Seniors from NACA, who would be entering the University of New Mexico Fall 2017. One other award was presented to a NACA administrator, beginning a graduate program at the University of New Mexico. 
Each scholarship recipient received $3,627.33. The scholarship award is intended to assist with the purchase of text books and supplies.
The awardees are: 
  • Kaylynn Armijo-Sanchez
  • Sierra Chavez
  • Elizabeth Grey
  • Kendall Lopez
  • Clinton Marmon
  • Jonathon Meza
  • Brennan Ollivier
  • Fiona Slinky
  • Azella Humetewa
Photo with Dr. Lita, Derek & Melonie Mathews with the NACA Students awarded the GON Foundation Scholarship

Check out our Facebook page for Scholarship video:  May 20th GON Scholarship Presentation
2018-2019 Miss Indian World Applications

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