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Sacred Pipe Resource Center
Sacred Pipe Resource Center
Cheryl Ann Kary, Ph.D., Executive Director
400 W. Main/PO Box 1076
Mandan, ND 58554
The Sacred Pipe Resource Center (SPRC) is a North Dakota- and Native-based non-profit organization founded in 2007 by long-term American Indian residents committed to maintaining a home away from home for the off-reservation Indian population and building positive relationships within the diverse Bismarck-Mandan community. The mission of SPRC is to address and support the social/cultural, emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical needs of Native people of all Tribes living in the Bismarck-Mandan area in order to foster strong, self-sufficient individuals and families and to provide liaison services between American Indian and non-Native people in order to foster a cohesive community. SPRC received IRS 501(c)3 designation in 2014.
SPRC’s central focus is coordinating Community Engagement Teams (CETs), groups of Native and non-Native community members committed to working on issues important to American Indian people in the Bismarck-Mandan community. Through these CETs, the Sacred Pipe Resource Center is able to provide the following programs/services:
Community Engagement Team Meetings
Network with other Native individuals and families and learn about events, programs, and services in the community. Meetings are usually held from 6-8 p.m. and feature refreshments and a focus/activity.
Community Health Center
SPRC partners with Northland Community Health Center to provide a full-service clinic with a sliding fee scale according to
abilityto pay. The center provides a family health provider, lab, x-ray, and mental health services.
The SPRC website at www.sacredpipe.net provides information specific to Native programs and services in Bismarck-Mandan, as well as general information to individuals and families who may be new in town. Go to “CONNECT” on the top menu and “LOCAL RESOURCES” in the drop-down menu.
SPRC provides youth programming such as the Thusweca Beading & Cultural Academy, basketball skills and drills nights, Lakota Language night (in conjunction with the Title VI/JOM program), and special events such as “Quest Talk” Teen Involvement nights, “Prepping for Prom”, and others.
SPRC partners with the High Plains Fair Housing Center to provide information and services to help ensure fair housing practices in the community and gather information and data relevant to these goals.
Cultural Competency Workshops
SPRC provides workshops and
trainingsto local service providers to help foster positive relationships and understanding of socio-cultural issues relevant to providing services to the Native population. Workshops are held monthly.
Other Programs and Services
SPRC seeks to provide local services and programs to help build the local Native community. Other events, programs, and services we provide include Native movie nights, special guest speakers, Native Vote events, cultural/traditional speakers and events, the “SPRC Talk” radio program on 102.5 FM community radio, and others.
SPRC is always looking for new ideas and volunteers to help build and sustain programs and services for the Native population
Native American Development Center
Native American Development Center (NADC)
205 N. 24th St. Bismarck ND 58501
- Parent family support groups
- Addiction support group
- Community Culture Committee meetings
New Directions & YCAP
New Direction Club
New Direction is an after school group working with Native American students to provide tutoring services and a supportive network, in the hopes of increasing the students grades, self-confidence, and peer support network.
Students are comprised of 9th-12th graders from local high schools (Bismarck High School, Century High School, Legacy High School and Mandan High School).
YCAP (Youth Cultural Achievement Program)