Miss Navajo Nation is a "glimmer of hope" for community during pandemic

PHOENIX-After winning the title of Miss Navajo Nation in September 2019, Shaandiin Parrish immediately got to work on the cultural preservation and advocacy efforts central to the role.

At times, she attended five or more events in a single day, traveling across the 27,000-square-mile reservation to speak to elementary school students and attend conferences.

"You really hit the ground running," Parrish recalled. "There's no event too small. There's no event too big."

But in March, as COVID-19 swept through the Southwest, Parrish suddenly went from visiting elders and delivering motivational sp...

 
 
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