Alyssa is an enrolled tribal citizen of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. She is of the Eagle moiety and Killerwhale clan.
Alyssa’s Tlingit name is Yáx̱ Ádi Yádi which was given to her by the late tribal leader Clarence Jackson and means “precious child.”
Alyssa represented Alaska at Miss USA 2017 and made waves wearing a Joey Galon Atelier custom gown with a Preston Singletary designed Killerwhale formline adornment that emulated a Tlingit robe. In doing so she made a very public statement about the vitality of Native American culture today, and the importance of being proud of your identity.
As Miss Alaska USA 2017 Alyssa placed top ten at Miss USA. In doing so, she became the first Alaska Native to become a finalist, one of five Miss Alaska USA’s to ever place at Miss USA, and the first to do so since 1990.
As a sought after keynote and motivational speaker, Alyssa travels throughout Alaska and to the Lower 48 to visit schools, hospitals, cultural events, conferences and other venues.
She enjoys sharing a message of the importance of embracing one’s heritage and being confident in your identity, pursuing your education, living the life you envision with business entrepreneurship, and encouraging wholistic wellness.
As an on-camera host and emcee she offers her energetic voice! Her unique perspective draws in viewers and brings stories to life!