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2023 Miss Navajo Nation Contestants

The Office of Miss Navajo Nation is very proud to present this production featuring the 2023 Miss Navajo Nation Contestants for upcoming the 71st Annual Miss Navajo Nation Pageant. Thank you to our contestants for their wonderful presentation.

Our office appreciates Navajo Nation TV & Film Production team and all of partners in provide film locations such as Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Navajo Nation Library, Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board, Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise, Navajo Nation Fiscal Recovery Fund, and Navajo Department of Justice.

Thank you to Navajo Nation TV & Film, our Production Team in working with our wonderful contestants and the Office of Miss Navajo Nation team.

An Era of Rejuvenation


The new Miss Navajo Nation crown was created and was designed with a pure mind and good intentions because Miss Navajo Nation meets dozens of people on a daily basis and represents the Navajo Nation. The new design was meant to signify the resiliency and strength of a Diné woman and female holy deities. At the top of the crown are points that are adorned with white shell stones that signify Yoołgai Asdzáá or White Shell Woman. Below the points of the crown are cut-out webs representative of Na’ashjé’ii Asdzáá (Spider Woman) that surround a turquoise stone. At the base of the crown, is hand-stamped work signifying the old-style of Navajo silversmithing designs.

This new design brings with it a new era and a generation born after the millennials that are emerging as the next big thing for the Nation. The new Miss Navajo Nation crown was produced by Matthew Charley of Vanderwagon, New Mexico.


Miss Navajo Nation


Valentina P.N. Clitso



Kwido nihxi’che’kee nishloo ei hoghan nimazi biyido nanitiin ha’hilaahii aadi inda yoolgai saad, dootliizhii saad, dichilii saad, bashzhinii saad indida tadidiin saad nihxi’oo’olii ei bee’hozhogo neeniji’ ya’at’eehgo nitsahakees doo ya’at’eehgo oo’daal beeh nihxa’sezii do.



As Miss Navajo Nation I hope to promote the preservation of our Dine ways of life, language, culture and traditions. By utilizing the concept and teachings of family unity, we can begin to harmonize our home, communities and Navajo Nation.

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Office of Miss Navajo Nation

Carletta Benally,  Program Supervisor

Valentina P.N. Clitso,  Miss Navajo Nation 2022-2023

OshKaillah Iron Shell,  Office Specialist

Alisha Manygoats,  Office Assistant

Mission Statement

In keeping with Navajo culture and tradition, the role of Miss Navajo Nation is to exemplify the essence and characters of First Woman, White Shell Woman, and Changing Woman and to display leadership as the Goodwill Ambassador. Miss Navajo represents womanhood and fulfills the role of “grandmother, mother, aunt, and sister” to the Navajo people and therefore she can speak as a leader, teacher, counselor, advisor and friend.

In March 1999, the Branch Chiefs of the Navajo Government agreed that one of the fundamental principles of the Navajo Governmental should be the preservation of the Navajo culture. It shall be the mission of the Office of Miss Navajo Nation to encourage every Navajo to assist in the preservation of Navajo culture and Miss Navajo Nation will represent the importance of Navajo Women with respect and honor.


The purpose of the Office of Miss Navajo Nation is to assist Miss Navajo Nation with the scheduling of her itinerary, providing support services, chaperoning Miss Navajo Nation during travel, managing the administrative matters of the office and coordinating educational activities that include the history, tradition, and culture of the Navajo people.

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