Natalie Keyssar’s photos capture a small-town Native American beauty pageant

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

Each year, pageants like Miss Native American and Miss Indian World invite indigenous women from around the United States to represent historically disenfranchised tribes and celebrate their cultural heritage.

And in the rural town of Pembroke, North Carolina, which sits along the state’s southern border, a much smaller annual pageant takes place: one honoring the girls and women of a tribe that has fought for federal recognition for over 130 years.

Kerigahn Jacobs, Miss Teen Lumbee 2018, and Lyndsey Locklear, Miss Lumbee 2018, wearing their native regalia.

Kerigahn Jacobs, Miss Teen Lumbee 2018, and Lyndsey Locklear, Miss Lumbee 2018, wearing their native regalia. Credit: Natalie Keyssar

The Lumbee Homecoming is a week-long summer event hosted by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and includes competitions for Miss Lumbee, Teen Miss Lumbee, Junior Miss Lumbee, Little Miss Lumbee and Senior Ms. Lumbee, as well as a veteran’s ball, pow wow and parade.

This year’s Homecoming, originally set to begin in late June,

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Des Moines native Abbie Eichman died at 36

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A Cubs fan, the “flower lady,” husbands, wives, and more are part of the more than 1,400 Iowans lost COVID-19 as of early October 2020.

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The turtle figurine on Abbie Eichman’s work desk always faced north.

If it were skewed in any other direction, Abbie knew someone had visited. And that meant she probably needed to tidy up.

Abbie was equally meticulous at home, where she fashioned a labeled box for every pair of her shoes and rotated them through her closet based on the season. She never bored of clothes either, routinely selling old pieces and buying new ones to complement her collection of designer bags.

Now, Abbie’s parents, Bret and Caroyle Andrews, find themselves slowly making their way through their only daughter’s massive wardrobe. 

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Bret and Caroyle Andrews lost their daughter Abbie Eichman to COVID-19. Caroyle said, “She was the most giving

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Native American furs, hides sold at War Bonnet in Shawno, Wisconsin

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The War Bonnet Native American gift shop in Shawano sells traditional Indigenous crafts made from animal hides and pelts. (Photo: Karen and Leo Dillenburg)

SHAWANO – Many of the artisan suppliers of goods to the War Bonnet Native American gift shop in Shawano still live and work much in the same way people did hundreds of years ago.

Owners Karen and Leo Dillenburg said some of the hunters and trappers they do business with are so off-grid that sometimes the only way to contact them is through a very old-fashioned system.

“Most still live in the bush and it’s really hard to find them,” Leo Dillenburg said.

These rugged tradespeople live in the wild in Canada’s remote Yukon and Northwest territories or Alaska.

For some, the Dillenburgs have to leave a note containing an order for fur and leather goods at the nearest small village on an Indigenous reservation

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Nearly 3 in 10 Native American women work a front-line job, but they’re far from receiving equal pay

Native American women are on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, with nearly 3 in 10 working a job that is considered essential during today’s pandemic, according to the National Women’s Law Center. 



a person standing in front of a building: Navajo Family Social Distancing with Covid-19 Masks outside their home in Monument Valley Arizonaa


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Navajo Family Social Distancing with Covid-19 Masks outside their home in Monument Valley Arizonaa

But, despite the critical work that Native American women do, they are still not compensated fairly for their labor. In fact, Native American women, on average, are paid approximately $0.60 for every dollar earned by White, non-Hispanic men, with women from some tribes, such as the Yaqui, making less than 50% of what their White male peers make. This means, that in order to earn the same amount White men earned the previous calendar year, the average Native American woman has to work an 10 additional months into the new year before equal pay is reached on October

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Congress Just Passed Two Bills That Are Intended to Protect Native Women from Violence

Photo credit: Sarah Morris - Getty Images
Photo credit: Sarah Morris – Getty Images

From Harper’s BAZAAR

Last week, Congress passed the Not Invisible Act and Savanna’s Act, two bills aiming to address the epidemic of violence against Native women, commonly referred to as missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Statistics show that Native American women are particularly vulnerable to violence in their lifetimes. On some reservations, for instance, Native women are murdered at a rate more than 10 times the national average. And across the board, more than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetimes, whether it be sexual violence or physical violence at the hands of a partner, according to a 2016 study funded by the National Institute of Justice. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists homicide as the third leading cause of death for Native women 19 years old and under.

Savanna’s Act—named for

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