Reservation kids getting free haircuts for the start of school

(Ethete, Wyo.) – There was a steady stream of elementary, middle and high school, and even a few college students today at Blue Sky Hall taking advantage of a free pre-school haircut.

“We wanted to do this for the kids,” said Lee Spoonhunter of the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Rights Employment Office, or TERO. “A lot of kids can’t afford to go to a salon for a haircut, and we wanted the kids to have a nice fresh new haircut for the start of school.”

The free haircuts were offered Monday at Fort Washakie and tomorrow haircuts will be offered at Great Plains Hall at Arapahoe, starting about 9 until 3.

“We went longer at Fort Washakie yesterday because school started there on Monday, so we had kids coming in all day,” Spoonhunter said.

The haircuts on Monday were provided by the Cutting Edge Salon in Lander.

At Ethete today, volunteer hair stylists from Northern Arapaho Tribal Housing, TERO and a recent graduate of the Paul Mitchell Academy provided the haircuts while DJ Mike Yellowplume provided the music.

Each person who had a haircut also got a free drink and a hot dog.

The free haircuts were sponsored by TERO, who organized the three day-long event, with support from the Wind River Casino, Marathon Oil and the Northern Arapaho Business Council.