Intertribal Ceremonial Queen Pageant

The Miss Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Queen Pageant originated in the 1930’s. Open to young Native American women, participation empowers and inspires the contestants to share their cultural knowledge, support each other and they experience a unique journey through all the pageant activities. The Ceremonial Queen proudly represents her family, Tribe(s) and serves as an ambassador for both the annual Ceremonial event and Native American & Indigenous Peoples. As a role model her efforts will empower Native American & Indigenous Peoples, while simultaneously representing them in both a traditional and contemporary sense.

Throughout her year-long reign, the Ceremonial Queen will attend various events, visiting and inviting all to the attend the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial while sharing Native American & Indigenous Peoples culture and heritage insight. 

Amber Ballenger | 2021-2022 Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Queen 
Chantel Jones      | 1st Runner Up  (left) 
Charlene Begay   | 2nd Runner Up (right) 

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"On August 19- 21, 2021, I, along with 5 other strong Dine’ woman participated in the Ceremonial Queen Pageant. Through this fun and empowering experience there was definitely a sisterhood that was created between all of us and I’d like to acknowledge all of their hard work, cultural knowledge and accomplishments. We kept in touch with each other and one of the messages that was shared the night of the crowning captured what we all felt “we came in as strangers, but we left as sisters”.  I am humbled to be a part of this special group of young strong native women. " - Amber Ballenger | 2021-2022 Ceremonial Queen