NEW TOWN Vonica LaPlante will finish her term as the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation Education Princess today during the MHA Nation's Back to School Powwow.
The powwow is being held at the Little Shell powwow grounds, west of New Town.
LaPlante, who is a freshman at New Town High School, attended numerous events during her reign, including the United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck, where the MHA Education Department parade float won first-place honors during the Parade of Champions.
She also attended the National Indian Education Association Annual Conference in Rapid City, S.D.; Fort Duchesne Thanksgiving Powwow in Utah; New Year's Mid-Winter Celebration in New Town; the National Congress of American Indians Winter Session in Washington, D.C.; Denver March Powwow in Denver; MSU Bozeman Powwow in Bozeman, Mont.; Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Four Bears Powwow; National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference in Anchorage, Alaska; Muckleshoot Veterans Powwow in Auburn, Wash.; Arikara Celebration in White Shield; Mandaree Celebration; Julyamsh Powwow in Couer d'Alene, Idaho; and the Little Shell Celebration at New Town. In addition to her travels to Washington, D.C., she served as the poster child for the Honoring Native Children reception which celebrated the introduction of Senate Bill 1622: the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children.
LaPlante is the daughter of Vonnie Jo Alberts of Four Bears.