Former Miss CCT Sháńdíín Nanamkin-Spencer in 2017.

SANTE FE, N.M. – Former Miss Colville Confederated Tribes, Shandiin Nanamkin-Spencer will serve as headlady at the Institute of American Indian Arts Spring Powwow, May 11.

Nanamkin-Spencer, who served as Miss CCT in 2017, is currently in her final year at IAIA, studying Studio Arts with a focus in painting. She will graduate May 18.

The IAIA Spring Powwow, which is free of charge and open to the public, is a contest powwow with a drum contest, with over $4,000 in cash prizes awarded.

The powwow begins 10 a.m., May 11, with gourd dancing.

Grand entry will be held at 11 a.m., along with a presentation of colors and a welcome from IAIA President Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation).

Along with Nanamkin-Spencer, powwow staff includes:

Headman: Michael R.L. Begay (Diné/Santo Domingo Pueblo)

Headlady: Shundina Nanamkin-Spencer (Diné/Apsaalooké/Colville)

Head Gourd Dancer: TBD

Host Southern Drum: Pawnee Brave Scout

Host Northern Drum: Hawk Soldier (Lakota/Navajo)

Master of Ceremonies: James Edwards(Pawnee/Northern Cheyenne/Comanche)

Student MC: Bryson Meyers (Chippewa Cree)

Arena Director: Aaron Frye (Cherokee/Chickasaw).

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