Camille Summer Johnson, a member of the deer clan of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, was crowned second runner-up and won best public speaker in the 2023 Miss Indian World Pageant Sunday, held in conjunction with the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, N.M. The Miss Indian World Pageant is the largest and most prestigious cultural pageant for young native women who compete in various categories including public speaking, personal interview, talent and dancing. Miss Indian World serves as a cultural goodwill ambassador to all those across Indian Country. Camille is the daughter of Retha Johnson and the granddaughter of the late Principal Chief Mikko Skalaaba Herbert Johnson and the late Deloris Sylestine Johnson. She is currently pursuing a masters of public health degree from Baylor University, while working full time for the tribe as director of public health for the Chief Kina Health Clinic.
Photo by Victoria Johnson/Skye Breese Photography