Raven Dial Stanley, 19, enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe and current Miss Indian North Carolina, recently received a “Woman to Watch” award at the American Indian Women of Proud Nations Conference held last month in Clinton, North Carolina. Dial-Stanley was one of 10 recipients and the youngest to receive the award. She’s been active with One Spirit Youth Council, a UNITY affiliated youth council. Dial-Stanley is attending the University of NC at Greensboro where she is majoring in Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies.
“Receiving this award was something very exciting for me. Knowing what this award symbolizes, that I am an indigenous women on my way to being one of the greatest American Indian women in NC is a great honor for me and also being one of the youngest women to have received this award. My duties as Miss Indian North Carolina is something I do not take lightly, and I believe that throughout my reign I make numerous efforts to represent my people and be an advocate for me people. So when I found out that I was receiving this award it certainly showed me that I am on the right path as Miss Indian North Carolina and I am making my people proud, which is more than I could ever ask for,” said Dial-Stanley.
Mary Kim Titla, UNITY’s Executive Director, pictured with Miss Indian North Carolina Raven-Dial Stanley, recently served as a keynote speaker at the American Indian Women of Proud Nations Conference.
Dial-Stanley’s mother Nora Dial, a UNITY alumna, received the 2018 Distinguished Women Award at the same conference. Mary Kim Titla, UNITY’s Executive Director, served as a keynote speaker at the conference.