Vanessa Short Bull

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Vanessa Short Bull
Born (1978-12-30) December 30, 1978 (age 43)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Title Miss South Dakota USA 2000, Miss South Dakota 2002
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Miss South Dakota USA 2000 (winner) Miss South Dakota 2002 (winner)

Vanessa Short Bull (born December 30, 1978) is an American beauty pageant titleholder who served as both Miss South Dakota USA (2000) and Miss South Dakota (2002).


Personal life

Vanessa Short Bull was born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota to Thomas (former state senator and current president of Oglala Lakota College) and Darlene Short Bull. Short Bull is an Oglala Sioux Native American, a descendant of Ghost Dance leader Arnold Short Bull. [1]

Her family is from the Pine Ridge Reservation, although she hasn't been living there since she was 6 and currently resides in Rapid City, South Dakota. She took ten years of ballet classes at New York City's Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. [2]


Short Bull was the first Native American to have the title of Miss South Dakota, winning the title in 2002. [3]

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  1. "Short Bull is first American Indian Fair Queen -". Archived from the original on 2015-09-30.
  2. "Native American Miss South Dakota Targets Stereotypes - 2002-09-18".
  3. "Native American Miss South Dakota Targets Stereotypes - 2002-09-18".