Event to help Native College student girls prep for prom

A free event offering donated prom dresses, hair styling and makeup to Native American students will be held Saturday at the Sacred Pipe Resource Center in Mandan.

Prepping for Prom event organizers Dakota Eagle and Cheryl Kary, executive director of the Sacred Pipe Resource Center, partnered with two high schools that have prom

this weekend: Bismarck High School and Cheap la Femme Dresses . This first public event aims to help young Native American women feel special for prom, an important — and expensive — occasion many students look forward to throughout their high school years.

Eagle also usually does nails at a monthly Sacred Pipe Resource Center event, where Native American women can get free hair, nail and makeup services. Several years

ago, Eagle worked as a paraprofessional at Cannon Ball Elementary School. Last year, a group of girls, whom she had worked with at the Cannon Ball school, had their

turn to go to prom. So, she helped those girls get ready.

Mahpiya said. “I want to help these girls feel beautiful.”

Mahpiya didn’t have a chance to go to prom, because she had her daughter when she was 17. Mahpiya, now 26, said she hopes Saturday’s event will also show the students

there are successful Native American women, like herself, to whom they can relate.

More than a dozen sparkly and bedazzled gowns have been donated to the Sacred Pipe Resource Center. About 13 girls have to the event. There are about 10 volunteers for

the event, including a woman who will braid hair and a photographer who will take photos of the girls standing in front of a twinkly backdrop.