Miss South Dakota to compete in Miss America Pageant

Staff Reports
6/30/02

HURON, S.D. ? Vanessa Short Bull, a direct descendant of the famed Oglala Lakota Ghost Dance missionary Short Bull, will compete in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., this September as the reigning Miss South Dakota. A veteran of the beauty pageant/scholarship program world, Miss Short Bull, 22, was crowned Miss South Dakota at the annual pageant of the Miss America affiliate June 22 in Hot Springs.

She is the current Miss South Dakota State Fair and has also worn the tiara of Miss South Dakota USA 2000 and Miss Sioux Empire. She is the daughter of Darlene and Thomas Short Bull and counts as ancestors both Chief Red Cloud and the Short Bull who brought the message of the Ghost Dance to the Lakota in 1890 after visiting its prophet Wovoka. Her father is currently president of Oglala Lakota College.

Vanessa also earned a New York City audition last November as finalist in the Four Directions Talent Search sponsored by NBC and Four Directions Media, an enterprise of the Oneida Indian Nation. (Indian Country Today is also a division of Four Directions Media.)

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