CROWNPOINT, NM – As the 2016-2017 Miss Navajo Technical University, Brandy Joey realizes the unique position she is in as NTU royalty and has made it her mission to serve as a role model to the younger generation and raise awareness about domestic violence on the Navajo Nation.
Joey was crowned Miss NTU on September 7, 2016 after beating out three other contestants for the prestigious title. She has since made it her mission to tackle domestic violence issues on the Navajo Nation, which last year received roughly 96,000 calls to the Navajo police according to an article by Indian Country Today Media Network.
“Being crowned Miss Navajo Technical University means a lot,” stated Joey, 19, of Blue Gap, AZ. “I made my platform domestic violence because my mom is a survivor and we witnessed it with my dad.”
During the Miss NTU pageant, Joey had to compete in three categories: traditional talent, contemporary talent, and essay writing - which required contestant to explain what they would do if they were crowned Miss NTU. Joey described being a role model and promoting the university in her essay and then went into detail about her clans for her traditional talent. Joey sang a song for her contemporary talent, but also used the time to speak about domestic violence while drawing on her own personal experience.
“Looking and talking about what I witnessed as a child was hard,” explained Joey, who is the oldest of three children and is majoring in Legal Assistant and Law Advocate at NTU’s instructional site in Chinle, AZ. “That’s how I want to talk to the younger generation that is witnessing domestic violence between their parents.”
“It’s not just hurting the parents, it hurts the children more because they witness it,” continued Joey. “They don’t know how to seek help and that’s when they turn to drugs, alcohol, gangs, and violence.”
In her short time serving as Miss NTU, Joey has already been active representing Navajo Tech, making appearances at both the Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, AZ and the Northern Navajo Fair in Shiprock, NM. She also plans on attending more school events throughout the Navajo Nation where she can carry her message about domestic violence to a wider audience.
“I will do the best I can to represent the younger generation and NTU,” stated Joey, whose clans are Tó’áhání, Kinyaa’áanii, Tódích’íi’nii, and Tábąąhá “It’s a good opportunity, and I like carrying this reign. It brings me to meet new people, and it’s an awesome experience.”
For more information about Miss NTU please contact advisor Judy Yazzie at 928-674-5772 or coordinator Violet Hunter at 928-674-5769.