Mitakuye Oyasin collects prom dresses, dress shirts and ties for the teenagers of Pine Ridge. Collected items are given to school nurses at Pine Ridge High School and Little Wound School. Students may come and pick out an outfit for prom and to keep beyond that. Many young ladies have expressed they never felt more beautiful than when they wore their dress.
With the clothing comes information related to suicide prevention. Teenage suicide on Pine Ridge is one and a half times higher than the U.S. national average, and the female suicide rate is higher than any other U.S. population group.
Through 2016, Mitakuye Oyasin has collected between 200-300 prom dresses. Starting in 2014, they also collect dress shirts and ties for young men. Donations of dress clothes suitable for prom are collected year round, and might be able to be picked up, depending on your location.