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The Yavapai-Apache Nation’s royalty pageant was Feb. 20 to kick off a week of Exodus commemoration events. Chosen as the new Miss Yavapai-Apache Nation was Desha Beauty. Philana Grass is Miss Teen Yavapai-Apache Nation; Miss Princess is Trina Honwytewa; Little Missy is Leah Kinsey; Tiny Tot is Kiarah Valles; Baby Girl is Nahimana Fox-Annoh; and Baby Boy is Khale Jackson. Miss Yavapai-Apache Nation leads the annual commemoration walk Feb. 27.Photos courtesy Judy Piner

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Exodus-Return: YA Nation's celebration of a better life

CAMP VERDE - The Yavapai Apache Nation's Exodus-Return Commemoration is a tradition that traces it roots back to the 1970s, a time when Indian nations across the country began a search for their own roots.