Miss Indian World 2016-2017
Danielle Ta'sheena Finn
Photo Credit: Ben Gumeringer Photography
The 2016-2017 Miss Indian World is Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn. Danielle is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and is from Porcupine, North Dakota. She is Hunkpapa Lakota, Inhanktowan Dakota, Assiniboine, and Metis. Currently, Danielle resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She received a Juris Doctorate Degree with a Certificate in Global Arbitration and Practice December 2016, from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Of her many accomplishments and accolades, Indian Country Today Media Network named Danielle one of the “50 Faces of Indian Country” for the year 2016, as well as 2015 First Year Student Pro Bono Achievement Award provided by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law to the top student of the first year class who provided the most hours of free legal services, and a 2014 Champion for Change by the Center for Native American Youth.
Prior to law school, Danielle was an intern and Native American Outreach Team Member for U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND). Danielle’s undergraduate degree was earned at Minot State University, where she received a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and a Minor in International Business. While holding a full-time job and being a full-time student, Danielle still found time to volunteer as a teacher and teacher aid at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Headstart, where she often taught the young students the Lakota Language. Danielle is both a traditional fancy shawl dancer and northern traditional powwow dancer. In her free time she enjoys spending time at her family’s ranch riding horses and going to movies!