Miss Native American USA '13 and Comedian Adrianne Chalepah at 2017 American Indian Achievement Awards
07/30/17 Denver, CO - RMICC welcomes Miss Native American USA '13, Sarah Ortegon, to host the 2017 American Indian Achievement Awards. Featured Entertainment will be Comedian Adrianne Chalepah; this marks the first time a Female American Indian Comedian headlines the event.
Sarah Ortegon is enrolled Eastern Shoshone and also of Northern Arapaho decent. After receiving the Miss Native American USA crown in 2013, she toured with the Native Pride Dancers across the US, Moldova, Europe, and Guatemala. She has since pursued an acting career, earning a role in the sold-out Denver stage play "Black Elk Speaks," and another role in the Hollywood Musical "Sitting Bull's Last Waltz." She has been cast in the 2017 BBC/NBC miniseries "Jamestown," filmed in Budapest. Her visual artwork was showcased in a solo art show at University of Wyoming, also featured in the MALCS journal. In October 2017, her work will be in a solo art show for the Dawson Art Project.
Adrianne Chalepah is Kiowa/Apache from Anadarko, Oklahoma. She made her stage debut while pursuing a film making degree at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. In 2010, she honed her stand up comedy skills while touring with the popular comedy troupe 49 Laughs Comedy. Chalepah has been featured in magazines and on television. In 2012, she open up for Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, at a campaign event. Chalepah formed the world's only all-female, all-Native American comedy group, Ladies of Native Comedy.
The 2017 American Indian Achievement Awards celebrates it's 14th year of recognizing American Indian Achievement and Awarding Scholarships. The event welcomes 400 - 500 guests from across Indian Country. To date, the event has awarded more than $130K in scholarships and awards. The event features a Silent Auction of American Indian Arts & Crafts and Raffle. This year's event will be held Saturday November 11th at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.
For more information regarding the event (registration/tickets), visit: http://rmicc.org/m/events/view/American-Indian-Achievement-Awards