That's LLoree Dickens in the above photo:
LLoree grew up in New Town, North Dakota and is a proud member of the Three Affiliated Tribes in Fort Berthold, North Dakota. A Haskell Indian Nations University graduate, she works within the healthcare administration sector in New Mexico. LLoree also is pursuing a BBA/MBA in Business Administration with the goal to improve the delivery of health care for Native Americans. LLoree enjoys many things: friends & family, the arts, swimming, traveling, interior design, and sports. Her personal mission is to promote & challenge Native American people to pursue growth: personally, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
And a little bit on how the calendar got started:
In 2003 Rez Dog Clothing Company successfully debuted the very first all Native American swimsuit calendar. This calendar grew out of our desire to help sponsor beautiful young American Indian women as they embark on modeling and entertainment careers. We have followed that up with four more calendars featuring Indian country's most beautiful and talented Indian women. As an Indian owned and operated venture, we feel it is time for us to step up and take care of our own – the up and coming American Indian artists and entertainers – our Indian stars of tomorrow! The Seminole Tribe of Florida sponsored our 2007 calendar which was photographed in and around Hollywood, Florida. A portion of the proceeds of the American Indian Beauties calendar will go to the Native American Cancer Research in the name of Rita Ann McLaughlin-DeHaas, Miss Indian America 1955 who died of breast cancer in 1987. Rez Dog Clothing Company supports Indian women in the fight to end breast cancer.
Keith DeHaas (Standing Rock Lakota Sioux) and his wife Mary (Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux) founded Rez Dog Clothing Company in 1996. They started designing t-shirts after attending pow-wows in Oklahoma and seeing only what they call "mystic Indian" shirts. The not quite right images of Indian braves and maidens with rainbows and eagles were not to their taste.
In putting together Rez Dog Clothing Company, they wanted to draw from the commonalties of all reservations. They realized one of the most common factors, was the scruffy and tough survivor – the reservation dog. Some people consider the rez dog a bothersome creature, but on the other hand, it is respected for having a certain toughness and courage to defy the elements. DeHaas related to that. The rez dog is like the community dog, and with that spirit, Rez Dog Clothing Company was formed.
And as you've already guessed, not everybody is thrilled by this.