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Miss Indian San Juan college

Ms. Indian San Juan College promotes cultural awareness and understanding of tribal/indigenous nations while representing the Native American students at San Juan College. During her reign as Ms. Indian San Juan College she assists with the recruitment and retention of Native American students. She serves as a role model, leader and representative of San Juan College while sharing her Native American culture with a wider audience.

2012-2013 Princess JoDawna Renee Tso

Princess JoDawna Renee T’so“T’áá hwó ajít’éego Iiná nizhónígó silá dooleeł,” is one of many teachings JoDawna has learned from her parents, grandparents, and other role models in her life. It means you must set yourself a goal, develop self-discipline, and set a plan to achieve your goals. This is how you build yourself a beautifil life. This teaching, combined with a passion for helping others, inspired JoDawna to pursue degrees in Nursing and Psychology at San Juan College. 

A 2005 graduate of Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, Arizona, and a 2008 graduate of Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana, JoDawna has already received an Associate of Science degree in Dental Assisting Technology. After she graduates from San Juan College in 2015, she plans on attending Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington to complete her Nursing education. According to Michele Peterson, Director of the Native American Center, “Not only is JoDawna an outstanding student at San Juan College, but she is an excellent example to Native American students on campus and in the community.”

JoDawna is a tribal member of the Great Navajo Nation and adopted into the Blackfeet Nation. She is of the Red House Class, born for the Bitter Water Clan. Her maternal grandfather is of the Red Running into the Water Clan and her paternal grandfather is of the Tobacco Red Running into the Water Clan. JoDawna's parents are Jonathan and Irene T’so from Kayenta, Arizona. Her maternal grandmother is Mae John of Cove, Arizona and her maternal grandfather is the late Lee John of Cove, Arizona. Her paternal grandparents are Simon and Irene Crank from Black Mesa,Arizona. JoDawna has five sisters: Jonathea Crank and Jonnea T’so are her older sisters; and, Jonette, Koltey, and Kolandi T’so are her younger sisters.

As the San Juan College Princess, JoDawna represents the College at numerous events, such as Student Rush, Job Fairs, and Native American Week. She will hold the title until next September, when she will help select and crown the new Princess. If you would like JoDawna to come speak at your event or you want to learn more about the San Juan College Princess Pageant, contact the Native American Center.

2011-2012 Princess Corey Sorrell

Princess Corey SorrellAnything is possible if you make it possible for yourself.” – Corey Sorrell

If one word could describe 2012 San Juan College Princess Corey Sorrell, it’s “independent.” A freshman in the Nursing program at San Juan College, Corey is working her way through college with the help of the Navajo Nation Scholarship. She plans on pursuing her Bachelor’s in Nursing at New Mexico Highlands with an emphasis in Women’s Health, and dreams of becoming an Army nurse.

Corey’s parents are Carmelita Deswood and the late Howard Deswood. She was born for the Edge Water People clan and born the Water Flow Together clan. Corey’s maternal grandparents’ clan is the Coyote Pass clan and her paternal grandparents’ clan is the Salt People clan. It was Corey’s father who inspired her to go into the healthcare field, and she hopes that her achievements will be an example to her siblings and young Navajo girls.

When you meet Corey, you’ll be impressed by her outgoing and confident personality, a winning combination that certainly helped her win the title of San Juan College Princess. To become Princess, she also had to perform two Talent challenges. For her Modern Talent, Corey used her passion for Nursing and demonstrated how to take blood pressure. For her Traditional Talent, Corey made Navajo blue-corn pancakes.


For more information, please call Michele Peterson at (505) 566-3321. Or send an email to nac@sanjuancollege.edu.