Brooke Overturf

Once Miss Indian Arizona State University, 22 year old Brooke Overturf has already served as an advisor President Obama, offering suggestions on what improvements could be made within native communities. On her own reservation, she recently organized an initiative to promote healthier lifestyle for girls ages 5-12.  Additionally, Brooke has spoken to domestic violence victims in the Phoenix area and within her reservation.  Despite her many commitments, Brooke serves as the Chapter Leader of ASU, regularly making time for one on one conversations supporting her members.  She’s on an adventure to share her I AM THAT GIRL love and hopes every girl that joins I AM THAT GIRL gets the same positive moving experience as well.

Describe a moment that could’ve broken you, but didn’t. How did you get past the struggle?
It’s easier for me to put on a smile and act like everything in my life is perfect. However, my biological father has been in and out of my life. He would only want to talk to me when I was at my highest points in life. At a point in my life, I wasn’t comfortable calling him “dad” because he wasn’t being a dad to me and asking me how I’m really doing. In July 2017, I made the decision to cut him out of my life completely because he was talking negative about myself and my mom’s family. I can take the pain if it’s about me but if it’s about my mom’s family, who helped my mom raise me, I will get protective over them. How could a father talk negative about his only daughter and her family? It was difficult to continue through life knowing that I won’t have my biological father, but I knew I needed to remove the toxic people from my life. When I was two years old, God blessed me with the perfect person to be the best father figure who soon married my mom a few years later. Him and I don’t believe in the terms “step-dad” and “step-daughter”. We are very alike that we believe we’re meant to be father and daughter. Through the tough hardships with my biological father to my success as of today, he has been there right by my side. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. I’m proud to call him my dad.

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
As the oldest sibling, I’ve learned that my mistakes will be my siblings’ lessons to learn from. I want to use my experience to motivate them because I want nothing but the best for them. With that comes the pressure to do well in work and school. If I could go back in time and give myself one advice, that would be it’s okay to fail because it’s not about how many times I fall down, it’s about how many times I get back up. I’m the type of person that will be the first to get down on myself, but I’ve learned that I need to see the glass half full.

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
My biggest inspiration is my grandpa. He defined the odds when everything was against him. He only was in school until middle school. He had a tough childhood from living in a board school to living a rural area that was about 20 minutes from everything else. When he was about 18 years old, he joined the army and fought in the Vietnam War. When he returned back home, he joined the United Mine Workers of America. He served over 30 years as an UMWA worker. He’s well known for his leadership and dedication to his local community members. He continues to teach me about life and our Navajo culture. My grandpa is not only my inspiration, he’s also my hero.

If you could create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
A slogan for my life would be “she believed in herself and found her purpose”. Up until I became Miss Indian Arizona State University, I didn’t know who or where I wanted to be in 3-4 years. I Am That Girl helped me realize that I do have a voice and that voice needs to be heard because other people do look up to me. I knew I could do it if only I believed in my capabilities and trusted my heart. The more I began to believe in myself, the more confidence I gained. The combination of having my title and joining IATG opened my eyes to greater things in life. I’ve learned I’m destined to be a public speaker and know it’s okay not to be okay. Most importantly, I’ve learned to love myself even more.

How do you define your purpose & mission in life?
My purpose in life is to be the best version of Brooke there could possibly be. I know I’m not perfect but I can do the best I can do prove to myself that I can achieve my goals if I believe in myself. I’ve learned that the only person stopping me from reaching my goals is myself. I promise myself to not limit myself from bigger opportunities because life is all about taking chances. My mission has and will always be to provide for my family. As the oldest, I already had the mentality that it was my responsibility to look over my siblings and make sure my parents and grandparents are taken care of. Now that I have a job and living on my own, it feels good to be able to give back to my family. I’m looking forward to seeing what else life has to offer.